Domaine Foivos Nautilus White Aged Under Water Kefalonia 2020

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Domaine Foivos Nautilus White Aged Under Water Kefalonia 2020

Country - Greece

Region - N/A

Grape Varieties - Muscat 30%, Muscatel 30%, Tsaousi 20%, Vostilidi 20%

Alcohol by volume - 12.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Domaine Foivos

Tasting notes - A bone-dry and intensely aromatic wine with exotic fresh fruit, melon and dried pear. Mouth-wateringly fresh on the palate with plenty of tension on the long finish.

Awards
91 Pts, Robert Parker, 2019
16.5 Pts, Jancis Robinson,
2019

Domaine Foivos Nautilus White Aged Under Water Kefalonia 2020

A bone dry and mouth-wateringly fresh wine with
intense aromas of exotic fresh fruit, melon and dried
pear.


Producer Note
The Foivos winery evolved from the historic Mantzavino winery, one of the oldest in
Greece. The winery was bought in 1996, and in 1999 Theodorous Orkopoulos
produced his first vintages. The winery specialises in rare Greek varieties as well as
the better known Robola. The grapes are farmed organically and biodynamically,
and Foivos also explores alternative winemaking practices such as fermentation in
Amphora and ageing under water. This winery is making some excellent terroir-driven
wines that rank among some of Greece’s finest. Many people believe Kefalonia to
be the next Santorini: watch this space!


Vintage
The 2020 vintage was marked by intense heat, which resulted in early ripening of the
grapes and an early harvest. The winter saw plentiful rains which resulted in a
healthy growing season during the summer. There were no episodes of frost, a rarity
for the island. However, the summer heat reduced yields and resulted in small berries
of concentrated juice. The wines are of excellent quality.


Vineyard
The grapes come from 80 year old pre-phylloxera vines that are on their own
indigenous roots, in a vineyard located in the hilly Vatsa area of the Paliki Peninsula
of Kefalonia. The Vatsa area is located in the the PGI Mantzavinata zone, which was
created in 1996. The vineyard sits at 200 metres above sea level. The Mediterranean
climate is influenced by the sea which is just 800 metres from the vineyard. The vines
benefit from the ripening sun and frequent winds; these cooling ocean breezes
protect the vines from the high temperatures and ventilate the vineyard, reducing
the risk of disease. The result is fruit with concentrated flavours balanced by natural
acidity. The old vines have adapted to the environment, they have become resistant
to disease and are cultivated sustainably with minimal intervention. Grown in
limestone soils from the Homeric era, the vines are dry farmed as the moisture from
the sea provides permanent soil humidity, nourishing the vines throughout the hot
summers. Two thirds of the vines are bush vines.


Winemaking
Vinified following a philosophy of minimal intervention. A cool pre-fermentation
maceration lasted for eight to 10 hours to extract aromas and flavours. The free run
musts and pressed musts were fermented separately with wild yeasts at controlled
temperatures before spending one month on the fine lees with periodical stirring to
impart texture and complexity. The wine was gently filtered prior to being bottled.
The bottle was then submerged under fresh water in special tanks in the winery. This
new method of maturation promotes constant temperatures, darkness and lack of
oxygen, resulting in an aromatic wine, with a pure fruit character.


Tasting Note
A bone-dry and intensely aromatic wine with exotic fresh fruit, melon and dried pear.
Mouth-wateringly fresh on the palate with plenty of tension on the long finish.


Grape
Muscat 30%, Muscatel 30%, Tsaousi 20%, Vostilidi 20%

Awards
91 Pts, Robert Parker, 2019
16.5 Pts, Jancis Robinson,
2019

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