Ground: established terraces of the island's sandy volcanic soil.
Microclimate : Mediterranean , with intense sunlight, humid nights, low rainfall, for extensive ripening.
Harvest : (1998) August
Vinification : Extensively ripened grapes, sun-dried for twenty days, with Mantilaria, Asyrtiko and Mavrathiro vinted together.
Bottling : I. S. ROUSSOS PTY LTD, winery in the Episkopi district of Santorini.
Average production (in bottles) :
First year available : bottled, 1974
Characteristics : Dark, sweet, with blended aromas of wild cherry conserve, blackberry, cinnamon and clove. A full mature taste with hints of spices, leaving a pleasingly sweetness. Ages well.
Black, almost opaque colour.
It delivers aromas of sour cherries, currants,blueberries,followed by cinnamon and cloves.
It is very rich, mouthfilling and shows falvours of honey…sweet and peppery spice, plus some mild and buttery nuts.
Very good acidity,it contributes much in a balance in the mouth.
Very long,sweet and spicy aftertaste
dried nuts,duck foie-gras,aged hard cheeses,cherry fruit cakes,fruit tarts,black chocolate,Black Forest
Alcoholic content : 12.5%
Serving temperature : 8o - 10o C
To accompany : nuts, fruitcake, conserves and chocolate morsels; also drunk as an aperitif or added to cocktails.