Methyse 2004 - Domaine Foivos

Producer: Domaine Foivos
Variety: Μαυροδάφνη
Region: Ιόνιο Πέλαγος
Red naturally sweet wine, Protected Designation of Origin Kefalonia from sun-dried Mavrodaphne grapes; Product of organic viticulture; Vintage 2004.

Its name is inspired by a maenad, Methyse, depicted and identified by name along with the rest Dionysus entourage, on an ancient wine vessel (crater).

From Mavrodaphne.

Vinification: We lay and dry in the sun the grapes of the varieties Mavrodaphne and Korinthiaki for about 10 to 15 days; after that, destemmed, pressing, alcoholic fermentation and a minimum of 6 months aging in oak barrels; filtering and bottling.

Matured deep purple color; velvet touch with flavors of plum, raspberry, blueberry, light smoke and spice; fragrant notes of precious chocolate . Good grip of tanins and very strong sense of pleasure on the finish.

Excellent aperitif, but mostly an ideal dessert; it goes perfectly with strong chocolate sweets, ice-creams and fruits of the season. Served at 8-10 o C.

Awards - Ratings

Gold Medal at Berliner Wein Trophy 2015.
Double Gold Medal at Athens Eco–Festival 2006.
Silver Medal in AWC 2011 in Vienna.
Silver Medal in Mundus Vini 2011.

Wine Enthusiast 2011:88/100 
OINOCHOOS, spring 2013: ****stars,
“Wine Advocate” April 2016: 95/100

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Products specifications
Color Red
Type Sweet
Region Ionian Islands
Geographical Indication PDO Mavrodaphne of Kefalonia (Cephalonia)
Vintage 2004
Variety Mavrodaphne
Bottle 500ml
Maturation 6 μήνες
Matured in Oak Barrels
Alcohol 14,5%
Organic Yes
Aging potential 10+ years
Closure Cork
Serving temperature 9°C - 11°C
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Domaine Foivos

Foivos winery is the historical continuation of the Mantzavino Winery, which starred in the past two centuries in the world of wine, and made Greek wine known internationally. It is one of the oldest operating winery in Greece and has already produced, since last century, some of the best Greek wines that became known worldwide. Since 1999, a new dynamic effort has begun, severely restricting production quantities, and mainly making exclusively use of the excellent indigenous and autochthonous own-rooted varieties of the Kefalonian vineyard, and of the ideal microclimate of Kefalonia.

In the Domaine Foivos vineyards are cultivated with very mild methods and biodynamic approaches, rare clones of ancient grape varieties such as Mavrodaphne, Muscat, Muscatel, Tsaousi, Vostilidi, Thiako, Araklino. At the same time, the winery manages vineyards in the eastern part of the island, in the region of Omala, for the production of the well-known local variety Robola of Cephalonia. 

A special feature of Foivos winery is the aging of wines under water: Since 2016 the winery started experimental searches of the maturing of wine under water, by immersing bottles for aging in the sea. At the same time, it applies another one innovative method of aging and maturing wines, by submerging bottles under fresh water, in special tanks of the winery, allowing the wine to mature and complete under absolute conditions of constant temperature, darkness and absence of oxygen!