La Tour Melas, Idylle Rosé, Achinos, Greece, 2017
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.
Following a growing trend, La Tour Melas practice minimal intervention, biodynamic and organic farming particularly in the vineyards facing the Aegen sea. Sandy-clay-limestone soil with pebbles and clay limestone. Hand harvested from the middle of August to the end of September.
Winemaking varies according to the grape varieties and parcels: bleeding, skin contact maceration or direct pressing. Vinification at cold temperature between 13 and 20 days. Ageing on lees for 4 months.
No oak treatment
A Light salmon colour and an explosive nose with hints of flower, strawberry and citrus. The mouth is aromatic, with flavours of grapefruit, pepper and stone fruit, which give a very enjoyable character to the wine. Juicy, fairly dry, clean and refreshing, it is a very pleasant wine, ideally pairing with all summer dishes.
Surprisingly good with thai cuisine, seafood and spicy sausages.
6 x 75cl