Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)
Producer: Michalakis Estate
Vinification Method:* Classic red wine vinification at a low temperature in the beginning of maceration and with many rains during the process of maceration. * The duration of maceration is 8 days * Malolactic fermentation and partial aging in French and American oak barrels for 6 months
Organoleptic Characteristics:* Dark red color with brownish highlights. * Aromas of sun dried tomatoes and ripe fruit with the domination of plum. * Silky tannins and raciness, characteristic of the Cretan variety
Harmony of Flavors:Fire baked lamb (oven baked) or on the spit or in a stew or cooked with golden thistle, boiled leeks, snails, poultry, grilled meat, yellow cheese. It is served at16-18 degrees Celsius.
Distinctions:It hasn’t yet participated in any competitions
Kostifali is the benchmark red variety of the celebrated vineyards of Crete, defining the style of the dry reds coming out of one of the most significant wine-producing regions of the Aegean Sea. Since red grapes are much more important on the island than whites, Kotsifali can be considered as the real soul of Crete
Kostifali, on its own, produces a wine that can be described as “typically Mediterranean”: low in color, intense on aromas, relatively high in alcohol, soft in tannins and acidity. For these reasons, most Kotsifali is blended with numerous red grape varieties, either Cretan—most notably Mandilaria—or international. However, it is not just an “augmenting blending partner”; it adds roundness and tannic grace, while the aromatic expression is full of sweet flowers, dried black fruit, and complex spices. It is grown all over Crete, but the best wines come from the area of Heraklion, specifically in PDO Peza and PDO Archanes. Both designations have to be a blend of Kotsifali and Mandilaria.
In the heart of Crete, on the hilltops surrounded by nature where history unfolds by the moist and refreshing winds of the Aegean, you will find the vineyards and the Michalakis winery. Here, in one end of the valley where the wine-press of Vathypetro stands untouched by time since 2500 BC while nature takes care of our vineyards in the other end.
On the slopes of the valley where the history of wine spans centuries, in an altitude of 550 meters lies a unified hilly area of 430 stremmata (decares) that used to be a terroir (group of vineyards) from Megalo Metoxi of the St. George Epanosifi Monastery. This is now the Michallakis estate and you will have to travel a distance of 32 km. from Heraklion to visit us.
The « Michalakis Estate» is a precious gem of Cretan winery, which other than the production of high quality wines is required to link the cultural heritage of Cretan nutrition with tourism while at the same time it openly invites all new consumers of Cretan wine.