2007 Mediterra Winery, Anassa White, Greece

2007 Mediterra Winery, Anassa White, Greece

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2007 Mediterra Winery, Anassa White, Greece

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This is a refreshing and harmonious blend of native Greek whitevariety Vilana with the more widely known Sauvignon Blanc. The wine is fermented in oak and spends 13 months maturing on its lees in French oak barriques, with bottling taking place at least 2 years after the harvest.

The result of this élevage is a wine which has become almost Burgundian in its richness and texture. Offered it blind I might have thought it was a Chardonnay! The weight on the palate is impressive, yet there is good elegance, and I would have no hesitation serving this with fish dishes in a cream sauce or with light chicken dishes. If you're a fan of Burgundy such as Meursault, get your chops round this complex, rich and thrilling white. It's a blend of local Vilana and Sauvignon Blanc and is a real find. A gem for complex movies that are slightly weird from Bladerunner to Inception.
(Olly Smith, The Mail on Sunday - 20 May 2012) 
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Mediterra Winery

Mediterra Winery

Mediterra winery is located in the village Kounavi near the city of Heraklion in Crete. The name of the village is a vestige of the ancient wine-making tradition in the area ("kanaves" is the name for the historic wine presses in the island)

The winery is equipped with modern winemaking facilities and it also includes underground wine cellars with capacity of over 500 oak barrels (300lt) and barriques (225lt).

The Mediterra company consists of two distinct brands: The Mediterra label wines, which include among others the limited release red Pyrorago, the Anassa white (Vilana & Sauv. Blanc blend aged sur “lies” in French oak barriques). The Creta Olympias label offers classic Greek varietals, as well dessert wines like Mavrodaphne, Muscat of Samos and Muscat of Patras.

The wines are available in over 20 countries all over the world and have earned numerous medals in in international wine competitions. The company exploits the untapped potential of indigenous grape in Crete (Vilana, Thrapsathiri, Kotsifali, Mandilari) as mon-varietal bottlings and in blends with international varieties (Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Cab. Sauvignon).

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Vilana White

Vilana White

Vilana is the most widely-planted white cultivar on the island of Crete, in fact it is rarely seen outside of this region as it is notoriously delicate to handle. It is prone to oxidize and quality is greatly affected by vineyard elevation, orientation and yields.

This is a grape that archetypally yields dry, thirst-quenching whites, appealing, with fresh notes of granny smith apple, citrus and dry herbs, soft acidity and medium alcohol. The broad, easy-going character of the wine allows it to pair well with a large number of sometimes contrasting dishes with meat/fish, cheese and salad– a typical theme of the local cuisine in Crete.

Ambitious producers have also released small quantities of premium, oak-aged bottlings. Two examples, Mediterra Anassa wine & Lyrarakis' Estate Cuvée Grand Colline (both blends with Sauvignon Blanc) showcase the qualities of Vilana.

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Critics reviews

Jancis Robinson MW16.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW16.5/20
Vilana and Sauvignon Blanc. Pale straw. Light candied citrus-peel nose – reminds me of Sicily and cannoli. Great spine. Nervy. Great Value!
(Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com, May 2012) Read more