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2 Gorges Red 2020 - Miliarakis Winery

Producer: Miliarakis Winery
Varieties: Κοτσιφάλι , Syrah, Mourvedre
Region: Κρήτη

Vineyard....”Sambas”, at an altitude of 300 meters


Hectare Production....70 hectoliters of grapes per hectare

Fermentation.... Following the classical red vinification. There is a common vinification of Kotsifali and Syrah. Additionally, there is a late-separate-vinification of Mourvedre. The maceration of the grape skins with the must last 12-16 days. The alcoholic fermentation is temperature controlled and it is done at 23oC .Then follows a maturation process in French oak barrels which lasts 8 months.

Wine Tasting....Tasting the wine is deeply and very dark ruby colored, with a violet rim that indicates its youth. There is a light vegetal and earthy expression of the aroma coming from the Kotsifali variety, to which is added a whiff of black, Corinth raisins and some non-sweet raisins cake. The wine is rich and powerful in the mouth, it possesses very powerful and somehow sharp tannins, an almost electrifying acidity and a satisfying expression of peppery fruit. A quite long peppery aftertaste to give total satisfaction and enjoyment to the palate. It is a full, rich, fruity and concentrated wine

Matches meats, mostly cooked in thick sauces and garnished with vegetables, grilled meat, pasta with ragu of various meats (rabbit, guinea fowl, beef hare, vison, buffalo, wild boar can be used), pork knuckle in a sauce and served with mashed potatoes or linguine, meats in a mushroom or chestnuts sauce. It is superb and matches perfectly with Cypriot “seftalies” (pork ground meat with parsley and spice, wrapped in a crepine).

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Products specifications
Color Red
Type Dry
Region Crete
Vintage 2020
Variety Kotsifali, Syrah, Mourvedre
Bottle 750ml (Standard Bottle)
Maturation 8
Matured in Oak Barrels
Alcohol 12,5
Organic No
Natural No
Aging potential 5 - 10 years
Closure Cork
Serving temperature 16°C - 18°C
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Miliarakis Winery

MINOS is in its eighth decade and produces wine from local varieties, such as Kotsifali and Mandilari for reds and Vilana, Vidiano and Thrapsiri for whites; they are turned into wine and bottled using the state of the art methods and cutting edge machinery regarding technology and methodology. Part of the red wine production ages in French oak barrels holding 225 and 300 litres each, kept in a specially designed underground area with ideal temperature and humidity conditions. The company is also trying to promote the Cretan vineyard through its varieties, innovating and adopting methods never before utilized in Crete; Examples include the production of its White wine using the red Kotsifali variety (White from Kotsifali), the first ever presentation in Crete of White wine from Vilana stored in barrels (Vilana Fume) and the successfully comeback, in 2004, of the white Malvasia variety, a wine historically associated with the island in making a dry wine. Lastly, the firm has included in its range foreign red varieties, the main examples of which are Syrah and Mourvedre. MINOS is developing a vineyard comprising of privately owned and contract areas covering 40 hectares and continues to work with local farmers, aiming at securing high quality grapes. The company is still run by members of the founding family, headed by 3rd generation member, Takis Miliarakis; since 1998 Nikos Miliarakis (4th generation) has joined its ranks and, recently, Maria Miliaraki, daughter of Takis, also joined the company. MINOS employs 10 people throughout the year, who, with their experience and pride for their work, warrant the high total quality of the final product.

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