Rouvalis Asprolithi Roditis 2020

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Tasting Notes

Aromas of lemon oil, chamomile, melon, and apple with a hint of spice. In the mouth, the wine has a rounded texture with moderate acidity. Citrus, pear, and melon dominate the flavor profile. Its flavor is intense, extremely delicious, and refreshing as well as quite versatile.

WINE INFORMATION

In square miles, Greece is about the size of Cuba. The land is about 70% mountains, 20% islands. Vines can be grown in both locations, but the intense heat in summer and lack of rainfall are problems. The topography and land tenure system means that much of the vineyard area is in the hands of small holders, although this is changing. Some 300 native grape varieties have been identified, including 77 known in ancient times.

This wine comes from the hand-shaped southern peninsula known as the Peloponnese, home to the greatest number of appellations. Patras lies on the north coast and produces mostly white wines, dominated by Roditis (Rhoditis). This somewhat pink grape ripens late but is able to maintain its acidity even in the heat.

Rouvalis Winery was founded in 1990 by Angelos Rouvalis, who grew up in a winegrowing family and studied in Bordeaux. He was a pioneer in quality improvement in both the vineyard, experimenting with clones and sites, and the cellar, building a gravity-fed winery in 1994. Since 2016 his daughter Theodora and her partner Antonio Ruiz Pañego have run the estate; both are trained enologists who have worked in Chile, New Zealand, and Burgundy. The winery has seven hectares of steep organic estate vineyards, north facing at high altitude (500-1050 m) with significant diurnal temperature variation. They also source both international and indigenous grapes from other pioneering growers.

Grapes for this wine come from a vineyard at 840 m above sea level on sandy loam and clay loam over a conglomerate bedrock; it faces the Gulf of Corinth. Grapes are harvested manually at the end of October and transported to the gravity fed winery in small crates. A portion goes through a cold prefermentation maceration. After a light pressing, the must ferments at low temperature in stainless steel tanks.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, East Asian (Chinese/Japanese/Korean), Fish (white), Green Salads, Hors d'oeuvres, Just for Cocktailing, Perfect Aperitif , Shellfish, Sushi, Vegetables

Color/Type:
White
Origin:
Greece , Patra
Grape Varietal:
Roditis
Eco-friendly:
Organic
Price:
$16.00 each
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