La Tour Melas, Cyrus One, Achinos, Greece, 2019
La Tour Melas is young and dynamic winery who create well made, textural and interesting wines in Achinos.
The eponymous tower in Achinos overlooks and guards the vines that produce wine in its name, all managed with biodynamic and organic techniques. Kyros Melas planted his 11ha of vineyards, on slopes that run down towards the expanse of the Aegan Sea, with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot vines imported from France. These vines are hand-picked, then fermented and turned into wine with as little intervention as possible through the underground gravity flow winery of the property. To finish, each wine is bottled by hand, bringing to an end a truly artisanal process.
The vines here average 12 years old and are planted on clay and limestone soil with a little silt. Partial organic farming.
Hand harvesting of the grapes. Separate vinification of the different varieties and parcels with wild yeasts. A long maceration for the Merlot and Cabernet Franc Low temperature fermentation for Agiorgitiko.
Type: French Oak 225 litres
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 15
Dark ruby colour with raspberry reflections. First blueberries and raspberries intense notes with a delicate touch of flower. Then a blend of toasted oak and grilled meat flavours. Silky and soft mouthfeel, which then reveals a very pleasant wine.
Lamb, mediterranean dishes and cheese.
Cabernet Franc 30%
6 x 75cl