MAVROKOUDOURA

Type: Red, dry
Category: Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Evia
Variety: Mavrokoudoura
Producer: Avantis Estate
Region: Evia

Vinification
Cold skin contact for 3 days, vinification by long skin contact and maturity in new Ermitage oak barrels.
Mavrokoudoura (clone of Mandilaria) a rare ancient greek variety originated in the region of Evia island.
Tasting notes
Opaque ruby colour. Pronounced nose intensity of black fruit and spice aromas, jam, vanilla, coffee and oak.
Full, round palate with balanced acidity and fine-grained high level tannins. Long finish.
Aging:8 -10 years.
Unfiltered wine. Any amount of sediment in the bottle is quite normal.
It is recommended to be decanted 30 minutes before consumed.

WITH RESPECT TO HIS HOME LAND AND LOVE FOR RED VARIETIES APOSTOLOS MOUNTRICHAS REVIVES THE ANCIENT VARIETY OF EUBOEA – MAVROKOUNTOURA OF KYMI. IT IS A CLONE OF THE AEGEAN MANDILARIA WHOSE GRAPES ARE SMALLER, DARKER WITH VELVET TANNINS.

Avantes was the first prehistoric greek tribe that settles in Euboea, mainly around two towns – Chalkis and Eretria – in the eras between 2100 – 1900 B.C. According to a myth they were named after nymph Ava.

They were warriors and had participated in the Trojan War under the command of Helephinor, their leader. In his epic poem ‘Iliad’ Homer refers to Avantes as follows: “Brave Avantes inhabitants of Euboea coming from Chalkis, Eretria as well as grape producing Istiea and Kirinthos by the sea and even high up from Dion, Karistos and Stira, all were commanded by Helephinor, fearless in battle, strong leader of theirs. Fast, long haired warriors carrying long spears, always willing to attack and beat the enemy.

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