Rouvalis Tsigello 2022 Greek wine

MXN $970

Grape: 100% Tsigello

Region: Aigialeia, northern Peloponnese, Greece

Wine Notes: Rouvalis was the first winery where Tsigello has been planted and vinified separately, with success: 2017 was the first vintage. Tsigello is not recorded in the official list of grape varieties, so the Rouvalis thought of using this name for the cuvée, to give the clone proper credit.

Vibrant aromas of fresh red berry fruits alongside an intriguing savory, herbaceous quality plume from the glass. The wine is full-bodied but not heavy; the clay amphora gives the wine a distinct lift and energy as well as softening the tannins of Tsigello. Flavors of red fruits, pepper, rosemary, bay leaf and eucalyptus with hints of chocolate permeate the palate and finish.

Good to have it with: Mediterranean food, lamb kebabs, pastor tacos?

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Wine Details

Vinification/ Aging: The grapes are harvested in small crates at the beginning of September and transported to the gravity fed winery, where the grapes are cooled down and stay on the skins for 3 days. It is followed by a classic controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks and malolactic fermentation. Finally, the wine is aged for five months in 85% hand-made clay amphoras – a departure from the tradition of aging Mavrodaphne in oak.
Alcohol Grade: 13%
Best to have it: 12-16ºC
Size: 750 ml

The Winery: Rouvalis

Rouvalis wine originates from one of the most unique terroirs in all of Greece. Their vineyards are located in northern Peloponnese, in the mountainous region above the town of Aigion. The landscape here is truly stunning. Small parcels of vines are scattered on the hilly terraces overlooking the Corinthian Gulf.

Rouvalis Winery was founded in 1990 by Angelos Rouvalis. Originally from Aigion, he studied oenology in Bordeaux. Having returned to his homeland, Angelos planted his first vineyard and in 1994 built a model gravity-fed winery. It was the first winery of this kind in Greece, built on a rock at 6 consecutive levels. Each level has its own specific function, from grape pressing to wine maturation.

Today, 30 years since its foundation, the winery has passed into the hands of the new generation headed by Theodora Rouvali alongside her partner, Antonio Ruiz Pañego, a Spanish oenologist who previously worked at some of the best Grand Cru of Burgundy.

Additional information

Low ABV

Size

Wine Body

Medium-Body

Country

Winemaking style

Organic

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