Notes: Pear Peach Lemon, Lime Orange Blossom Mineral
Alcohol (%): 13
Origin: Macedonia, Northern Greece, Greece
Fermentation: Organic Steel
Decanting: 15 minutes
Asian Food Pairing: Chicken Pad Thai, Hainanese chicken rice, Seafood ramen
Western Food Pairing: Light pasta, roast chicken, crab risotto
Moschopolis Aióra White 2020
Moschopolis Aióra White is an organic, lees aged white wine. Opens with a full bouquet of pear, peaches, lemon and lime citrus and a hint of orange blossoms. The aromas follow through to a medium-bodied palate with a refreshing acidity, and plenty of refreshing mineral undertones.
Ageing potential: 2–5 years.
Fun Fact: Aiora was the ancient Greek festival dedicated to the God Dionysus and celebrating the revelation of the annual wine. It was part of the three-day festival of Anthesterii, where in a ceremonial way, on the first day, the villagers opened the pithos containing the wine of the year and the first tests took place. On the second day the amphorae were filled and the hammock festival took place, where, amidst wine pouring and rich dinners, young maidens sang on swings, which were fixed to tree branches. The third day was dedicated to the dead, which testifies to the deep understanding of the earthly nature of people.
Blend of indigenous Greek varieties: 65% Assyrtiko, 15% Xinomavro and 20% Malagousia. The Assyrtiko comes from Santorini and the Aegean islands, Xinomavro from Northern Greece, and Malagousia from Moschopolis' vineyard at 230 metres altitude just a few miles from the sea.
Hand-picking of the fruit into small 15–20kg crates during the early morning or late night at the lowest temperatures possible. The crates enter a cold room for 12 hours and are left there at 6°C. Crushing of the grapes at a controlled temperature of 8°C for up to 24 hours. Fermentation with natural yeasts, Sur Lie vinification method where the wine stays for 4 months on fine lees. No filtering before bottling.