From: Peloponnesos, Greece
Varietal: 100% Moschofilero
Taste: In the glass, elegant floral aromas intermingle with notes of lemon, citrus, and rose petals – a delightful representation of the Moschofilero grape. On the palate, this wine is a fantastic balance between fruit and minerality, offering a harmonious balance of refreshing acidity and ripe fruit flavors followed by a lifted finish encompassed by a brisk note of sea spray and beach vibes.
Pairing: The 2020 Seméli Moschofilero 'Mantinia' is a versatile wine, perfect for enjoying on its own as an aperitif or with a wide range of dishes. Its aromatic nature and crisp acidity make it an excellent companion to kotopoulo souvlaki (grilled chicken on skewers— we’re sharing the recipe for the home cooks out there below!) and a classic Greek salad, bursting with freshness. Seafood lovers will find this wine delightful when paired with grilled calamari or fried seafood, especially those served with a zesty lemon sauce. Its compatibility with Asian dishes also makes it a great choice for pairing with the fragrant and bold flavors of this cuisine.
Greek Chicken With Cucumber-Feta Salad
By Ali Slagle
Moschofilero is a pink-skinned, aromatic grape variety grown mainly on Greece's Peloponnese peninsula. Here, it is the main constituent in fresh, light Mantinia wines, whose aromatic character and floral, grapey flavors often bear comparisons to wines made from Traminer and Muscat (don’t worry— it’s a dry wine!).
Vineyards located around 1800 feet. Grapes are handpicked, they are then chilled to 7-8oC in cold storage, pressed by pneumatic press and followed by strict settling and vinified according to the classic white wine vinification. Fermentation in stainless steel vats at controlled temperatures of 16-17oC.
Founded in 1979, Semeli is a leading Greek winery and one of the country’s most significant wine-related developments. With deep roots in time-honored traditions and their eyes on the future, they produce wines of exceptional quality offering consumers best value for money.
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