In the heart of Mantinia in Arcadia, Peloponesse, is a small winery owned by Leonidas Nasiakos, a second-generation winemaker and forth generation viticulturalist. Nasiakos' vineyard is 2000 feet above sea level at the highlands of Mantinia. These very high elevations prolong the harvest time which ensures that sugar levels are at desirable levels. For Nasiakos, harvest time is in early October.
Nasiakos has won numerous awards for his winemaking techniques.
Selected vineyards from the slopes of Nemea region at 350-450 m. Clay soil.
The altitude with harsh winters and cool summer nights allow good ripening making well balanced wines. Grapes are handpicked and transferred to the winery. After strict selection of the grapes, they are first chilled and then cold soaked for up to five days, at a temperature of 8-10Â°C before fermentation, to maximize flavour and colour extraction. Classic red wine vinification follows at temperature of 23-25Â°C. The wine is matured in French oak casks (40% new) for 12 months and 12 months in the bottle, before release. Can be aged for further 5 to 8 years.
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