Anatolikos Orange Natural 2016
Orange | PGI Avdera | Northern Greece | 14.2% ABV | 750mlOrganic | Natural
Assyrtiko 80%, 20% Malagousia. Long fermentation with marcs in amphora with indigenous yeasts and matured in amphora with marc for 270 days without sulfation. There is no treatment and not filtered. Rich and generous with amber colour, earthy and complex with aromas of nuts such as walnuts and almonds, dried fruits, jams citrus, acacia honey, tea and spices. Gentle tannins, balanced acidity, complex and exuberant aftertaste. Try it with seafood, raw oysters, sushi, smoked fish, roe, fatty fish, stewed red meats, lamb, sweetbreads, hunting, wild mushrooms, truffles, cheeses and sausages ripening and wine-killers materials. Enjoy it at 12-14 ° C after decanting in the carafe.
Assyrtiko is by far Greece’s most renowned white grape variety, associated most famously with the volcanic island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea. Following its notable success, it is now grown successfully all over Greece and beyond in Clare Valley, Australia, South Africa and California, being the first Greek grape to become international. It has developed a reputation as being a versatile grape variety, producing wines in a multitude of styles, from fresh, mineral white wines to oaked, worth keeping ones and from bold complex reds to rıch matured dessert wines, such as Vinsanto.
Compact clusters of large, moderately thick-skinned berries, late budding and late ripening. Vigorous and productive, resistant to drought, disease and wind and capable of maintaining high acidity up to the final stages of the ripening period. In Santorini it is trained in the characteristic baskets, sitting close to the ground and named “kouloures” by the locals.
Malagousia is an aromatic white variety grown primarily in Macedonia and Central Greece. The variety was rescued from near extinction in 1983 by the winemaker Evangelos Gerovassiliou, after he singled out the variety in the local vineyards and planted out his own at Epanomi, on the Halkidiki peninsula, with the variety. Malagousia is best known for its citrus and peach aroma characteristics, often showing various melon and pear flavours on the palate. It is often used as a blending variety, most notably with Assyrtiko, to which it adds exciting aromas and delicacy.
This family-owned 7-hectare large organic vineyard was planted in 2005 near Avdera, the Thracian town renowned since ancient times for its prolific vineyard and premium quality wines transported to faraway lands. The vineyard, which is lies at 50-70m altitude, approximately 2 km from the Thracian Sea, receiving cooling breezes throughout the year grows the indigenous grape varieties Mavroudi of Thrace, Pamiti, Muscat Blanc and Limnio. The soil is mostly sandy and non-irrigated and the vines benefit from the microclimate of the bay and the microelement deposits, left in the soil by the rainwater, at it streams naturally to the sea. Their yields are very low at 4-5 t/ha and their total annual production is 60.000 bottles.