2016 Semeli Winery Mountain Sun Red
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Mountain Sun red is an 80/20 blend of Agiorgitiko and Syrah, aged for six months in used French oak. This is an easy, Beaujolaisesque red with bold red-fruit flavors. That said, it does have a modest backbone and some support for the fruit. If it is fruity and bursting with flavor, it is not candied or exaggerated. In its light, summer-red style, it is done nicely. Under screw cap, it may age a bit, but don't expect it to go anywhere but down if it changes much. Drink it young (and probably a bit cooler than you normally would). It's a lot of fun.
Wine & Spirits Review
This combines agirgitiko’s cherry fruit with syrah’s black plum for a clean, juicy red. Play up the spice and cedar details with spiced keftedes.
Agiorgitiko: low yielding vineyards on the slopes of Nemea at an altitude of 400-500m Syrah: low yielding vineyards on the slopes of Aigialia at an altitude of 700-800m
Due to the altitude, the low temperatures during the winter and the cool summer nights we have a slow ripening of the grapes of both varieties. That results the production of well-balanced wines.
Grapes are handpicked and transferred to the winery. After strict selection of the grapes, they are first chilled and then cold soaked for up to five days, at a temperature of 8-10oC before fermentation, to maximize flavour extraction. Classic red wine vinification follows at temperature of 23-25oC. The wine is matured in French oak casks for 6 months and has an aging potential for 3 to 5 years after bottling.
Vibrant ruby-violet colour. Rich aromatic bouquet combining fresh cherry, lively raspberry and blackberry fruits with a touch of spice on the nose. Balanced palate with round and velvety texture. Noble tannins and long aftertaste.
Greece, Peloponnese, Mantinia PDO
Agiorgitiko 80% and Syrah 20%
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