Monday, March 21, 2011

Tselepos Estates Mantinia 2009

Tonight I opened my first Greek wine and another new white wine grape to add to my growing list of new wines.
The grape is Moschofilero. Moschofilero is an aromatic white grape of Greek origins with a rosy hue and quite spicy flavor with good acidity.  Grown throughout much of Greece but especially in the Peloponnese where it is used to make a dry and bold wine with lots of spice and perfume.
The winery is Tselepos Estate. Tselepos Estate is a small family business. Is was founded in 1989 by Yiannis and Amalia Tselepos, who planted the first cabernet sauvignon and merlot vines on the foothills of Mt. Parnon, 14km from the town of Tripolis near the ancient city of Tegea, in the heart of Arcadia.
The Estate's vineyards are situated at altitudes higher than 750m, at the foothills of Mt. Parnon and are part of a distinctive ecosystem with very cold winters and mild summers.
The wine is Tselepos Mantinia 2009. The Mantinia appellation is for a dry white wine which must be produced from Moschofilero and Asproudes grapes, of which the former must be at least 85% of the blend.
I opened before dinner, while watching the NCAA tourney on TV.
Lot's of floral and mineral aromas at first.  Picked up some citrus and green apple and pear after a short time.
In the mouth there was a flat citrus taste. Nice lemon/lime/grapefruit, but not crisp and clean.  Finish was very dry with a little more citrus.   Not a wine I would enjoy sipping on the patio, but was quite tasty. Couldn't wait to see how it paired with dinner.
For dinner, Shirley tried a new chicken recipe. She fried chicken in a sauce of sesame oil, Thai sweet chili sauce, fresh ginger and a little Soy sauce.  Then blanched Kale and thinly sliced carrots, which was then put into the sauce.  This dinner was meant for this wine. An almost perfect match.
Nice dinner, nice wine.  This will also do well with seafood and/or zesty salads. I found this wine locally for $18 and will buy again.


Anton said...

Tried this a few weeks ago and loved it.
Also my first Greek wine.

Mark said...

Love Moschofilero in the summertime when I can find it. It's a great alternative to Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc.