Gavalas Vinsanto 2003
Compiled by AegeanCuisine Gavalas Vinsanto is the mythical nectar of Santorini, produced from the native grape varieties of Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani. When the grapes reach the desired degree of maturation (14-15 Be) they are carefully picked and sun-dried on terraces for approximately 10-15 days. The vinification is carried out using traditional techniques in the Gavalas winery in Megalochori. The pressing of the grapes always takes place in the early afternoon, so that the clusters of the grapes are still warm and at their best for pressing. The small quantity of juice which is produced has a high content of sugar (10 kg of grapes produce 1kg of Vinsanto wine). The fermentation continues almost until Christmas. Gavalas Vinsanto wine also fills the chalices of the orthodox churches and monasteries (for Sacramental purposes).
Our winery is located in Megalochori, and you will get there by walking through a small lit up stone tunnel. The winery is a small museum that tells the three century tradition of the Gavalas family in the winemaking industry. Tours take place from April 15th until the end of October from 10:00 to 20:00. Call us to arrange a visit.
RiceSelect's fragrant Jasmati® is blended with eggs, milk and fall's favorite spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, to create a delicious rice pudding, which is layered on top of fluffy cream cheese and abuttery pecan crust. Pairs well with a bold, tawny port with flavors of dried fruits, nuts, and spices.
Editorial Reviews for Gavalas Vinsanto
10% 300 grams/liter RS – Lightly spiced and honied on the nose with notes of gingerbread, dried meat, pruny fruit and pine needles. Bright and clear on entry with a terpene rich entry followed by some dusty tannins that parry the modest sweetness on the palate. The flavors tend to the orange end of the spectrum with a long, clear finish that shows off some creamy cherry tones and a Seville orange finale. Really quite lovely and so vivid, though it does seem to be a touch monotonous. 91pts
Food Pairings for Gavalas Vinsanto
|Alcohol: 9.7%||pH: 3.1|
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