VLASSIDES 'ALATES' XYNISTERI 2020
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Harvest takes place at the end of September and immediately after, the grapes are placed in a refrigerated storage area. On the next day, having reached a temperature of 10 0C, they are destemmed and then sent to a pneumatic press where the juice is extracted. Alcoholic fermentation and maturation take place in a 2000 litre untoasted oak vat.
Vlassides winery named their wine Αlátes inspired by the unique language spoken on our island.
Although the Cypriot dialect is based on Greek, it has been strongly influenced by various nations that have inhabited our land through history; Arabs, Turks, English, French and Italians.
Αlátes, in Cypriot, means wings. Αlátes is produced solely from old vines of Xinisteri, the dominant local white grape variety. It is their way of giving wings to the vision of introducing a fine representative Cypriot white wine to the world at large. Produced exclusively from old non-irrigated vineyards situated at an altitude of around 900 meters in the Afamis mountain area. The soils where the vines grow are calcareous with clay-loam texture.
The vines are non-grafted, trained in goblet. Alates, from the 2020 harvest, is considered a wine of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) from the Wine Villages of Limassol (Krasochoria Lemesou)- Afamis Sub-region. The sub-region of Afamis includes parts of the communities of Vouni, Kilani, Mandria and Omodos. Wines indicated with the PDO mark, belong to the highest quality level, based on the legal framework of wine standards in Cyprus. With the potential to mature for an additional five to seven years. Best served at 10-12°C.