John's take: "Should read "Domaine Tselepos Moscofilero, Mantinia." Citrus, Lemon, white flowers and a long, long finish."
Selected vineyards from the communes of Rizes, Lithovounia and Agiorgitika (Arcadia, Greece). The continental climatic conditions and the altitude of the area, lead to the gradual maturing of the grapes, the full development of the aroma potential of the variety and the retaining of natural acidity of the moschofilero grape variety. Modern technological vinification with the use of pre-fermentation extraction at a temperature of 10C for 8 hours. Fermentation is carried out at a low temperature of 12C. A Greek wine with exceptional freshness and lively acidity. Citrus fruits and lemon flowers on the nose, with a crisp, clean finish.
Yiannis and Amalia Tselepos when looking for a suitable location, they chose the earthen hills on the outskirts of the historic Mount Parnonas to plant their vineyards and founded Ktima Tselepos in 1989. The estate is located at the southeastern end of the Mantinian plateau, at an altitude of 750 meters. Yiannis Tselepos graduated from the Department of Oenology at the University of Dijon, France, and after having gained experience for two years in wineries of Burgundy, he settled in 1981 in Mantinia, the wine of which he has been producing since then. Enchanted by Moschofilero after the variety’s first vinifaction, he is the first of the younger generations of winemakers to rescue it from oblivion and putting it back on the map by presenting it in a mono-varietal way. The exceptional soil and climate of the region, characterized mainly by continental climate, poor claystone soils and the excellent sun exposure, were chosen for their ability to produce high quality wines. The main philosophy of the estate is to study, experiment and display all the potential of the Moschofilero variety, in order to establish its presence in the greek and international market. Today, Ktima Tselepos extends in 45 hectares of privately owned vineyards and 20 hectares of cooperating producers. Great attention is given to the grape-growing practices and to the management of terroir so that the variety delivers its best expression. The first label, Mantinia (Protected Designation of Origin), was released in 1990 and a few years later wines from international renowned varieties namely Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot followed. The volume of production of the winery has been increasing gradually, with the current production reaching the 450,000 bottles a year, allowing for the 40% of production to be exported, mainly to USA, Canada, China, Germany, Cyprus, Belgium and United Kingdom.