Tesseris Limnes

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tesseris-limnes

Winemaker Notes: Seductive notes of honeysuckle and white flowers from the Gewürztraminer on a background of apricot and peach aromas from the Chardonnay. The relatively lower alcohol lets the oaky flavors shine through, while the refreshing acidity balances with the rich body and underpins the lingering aftertaste of the wine.
Viticulture: The vineyard covers a total area of 13.3 acres and belongs to the viticultural zone of Agios Panteleimon In Florina in Northwestern Greece at an altitude of 600 meters. The vineyard's mean yield does not exceed 40 hl/he. The soil is sandy and poor, thus offering the possibility of producing wines of exquisite quality and rich aromas. The microclimate of the region is characterised by cold winters and warm summers, while the four neighbouring lakes contribute to the existence of a mild continental climate. It is these four lakes that give their name to this wine!
Winemaking: The pre-fermentational extraction (skin contact) method is applied to both varieties seperately. Then follows the static debourbage and the inoculation with a pure culture of selected yeasts, which demonstrate the aromatic character of each variety. Half of the Chardonnay is fermented in new 225 litre oak barrels for three months, adding volume and complexity to the wine. The rest of the Chardonnay and the Gewurztraminer are fermented in stainless steel tanks. The final blend is done in early February.

Category: Dry white
Classification: PGI Florina
Production: 100,000 bottles
Origin: Selected blocks of the Samaropetra, Palpo and Droumo vineyards
Grape varieties: Chardonnay 60% and Gewurztraminer 40%
Cellaring: 50% of the Chardonnay age for 8 months in new French oak barriques
Ageing potential: 2-4 years
Food pairing: Grilled fish, sea food, green salads, grilled vegetables, pasta in white sauce, sea food pasta, grilled chicken, green curry chicken, braised pork in white sauce

Alcohol: 12.5%
pH: 3.36
Titratable acidity: 5.1 g/L
Volatile acidity: 0.32 g/L
Residual sugar: 1.7 g/L
Free/Total sulfites:31/115 ppm

Greek varieties (white)

SAVATIANO

Description: Savatiano is the most common grape variety grown in Greece and all over Attica and central Greece. This light-berried vine is exceptionally drought resistant and is the most commonly used ingredient for Retsina.
Taste: The Savatiano grape is low in acidity and finds the best conditions when the soil is dry and chalky.
An unusual vine with a delicate aroma and balanced taste when grown on high altitude.

MOSCHOFILERO

Description: Moschofilero (also known as "Moscophilero) produces strongly perfumed white wine and is planted on the high plateau of Mantinia in the Peloponnese, where the climate is suffieciently cool and the harvest is often delayed. There are strong flavor similarities to Muscat, but at present the origin of the Moscofilero is unknown. Small quantities of a fruity, light pink wine are also made​​ from this variety which is increasingly used as a blending ingredient in Greek wines.
Taste: From the Moschofilero grape is made ​​lively wine, with rich, floral taste of fresh fruit.

ASSYRTICO

Description: Assyrtico (also Assyrtiko) is a high class white grape variety that is becoming increasingly widespread in Greece. Its origin lies on the island of Santorini, and its resistance to high temperatures has favored an attempted growing success in other regions.
Taste: While the vine on Santorini has a mineral, earthy flavor, it tastes fruity and floral on the mainland, especially in northern Greece.

ATHIRI

Description: Athiri is a white Greek grape variety that is often used for blending, especially with the Assyrtiko.
Taste: Wines from Athiri grapes have a very soft acid, with a fruity note. The bouquet is slightly dominated by a delicate citrus scent.

ROBOLA

Description: Robola is a grape variety, for which the Ionian island of Cephalonia is most famous. The distinctive, lemony dry white wine is made from grapes which are cultivated exclusively on this island. The wine made from this early-ripening grapes wine is high in acidity and is much prized in Greece. These grapes is grown in Slovenia as "Rebula' and in northeastern Italy as " Ribolla " (or" Ribolla Gialla ").
Taste: The Robola vine has a high alcohol content and a moderate, and good acidity. The aroma is very pleasantly fruity.

RODITIS

Description: Rhoditis is a slightly pink-skinned grape variety traditionally grown in the Peloponnese. The vine is particuarly prone to a powdery mildew and ist popularity has waned. It ripens relatively late and keeps ist acidity well, even in a hot climate such as Ankialos (in Thessaly). IT is often blendedwith Savatiano, particularly when producing Retsina.
Taste: The Roditis grape is extremely variable, depending on uinder which micro-climatic conditions it is grown. The best conditions are slightly chalky soil and high altitude, which gives the wine a fruity aroma, a high alcohol content and a balanced, fresh taste.

MALAGOUSIA

Description: Malagousia is a white Greek grape variety. It is also known as "Malagoussia.
Taste: The Malagousia vine has a high alcohol content and a distinctive, strong aroma. The vine is of a medium acidity and full and balanced in flavor.

Greek varieties (Red)

MANDELARIA

Description: Mandelaria (or Mandelari) is an important red wine and a specialty at many Greek islands. The grapes have a thick skin, which gives the wine it produced an intense color and high tannins. There are also dry red wines, as he "Peza" made it.
Taste: The Mandelaria Vine has an intense color and a low alcohol content, a medium acidity and tannins.

AGIORGHITIKO

Description: Agiorghitiko (also known as Agiorgitieo, Agiorgitiko and St. George) is a red grape variety native to Nemea in the Peloponnese. Wines from this area may be made from no other variety. It blends well with many other grapes, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, and can also produce a good-quality rose.
Taste: The dark red, almost black berries and soft tannins provide excellent conditions for excellent wines. The vine develops a distinctive, complex bouquet of red fruits (balckcurrants) which tastes greatand has a long finish.

XINOMAVRO

Description: Xinomavro is a black grape that is grown in northern Greece as far south as to the slopes of Mount Olympus. Its name means "acid black," and the wine can seem harsh when young, although it does mature well. It is one of the few Greek grape varieties which may not reach full ripeness every year. It is blended to produce "Goumenissa" and used as a base for sparkling wines from the cool, high altitude vineyards of Amindeo. The grape can also be used for the production of white wine (Blanc de Noir).
Taste: The Xinomavro vine varies in flavor depending on the altitude it is grown in. The characteristics at medium altitude are a dark red color, good acidity and it is high in tannins. At higher altitude the flavor resembles rose wine and red berries.