Agioritiko Abaton, Mount Athos
- Vintage: 2017
- Origin: Mount Athos, Greece
- Taste Guide: Med/Full bodied & oaked (10 months). Deep ruby red colour. The nose is vibrant with aromas of ripe red berries and spicy notes. Rich on the palate with robust tannings leading to a long, lingering finish with a hint of oak and mint leaf.
- Varietal Blend: Xinomavro (50%), Grenache (30%) & Limnio (20%)
- Meal Match: Red meat dishes but why not try with a meat Paella?
- 75cl - 13.5% - Traditional Cork Closure
The Tsantali family has been cultivating vineyards, making wines and distilling ouzo and tsipouro since 1890. Evangelos Tsantalis, second generation winemaker and one of the most charismatic figures in the Greek winemaking history, has rendered the local family business into a rapidly developing brand name, always at the forefront of innovation. The vineyard has always been the core of the Tsantali philosophy. The rejuvenation of some of the most exquisite vineyards in Northern Greece like Mount Athos, Rapsani, Halkidiki and Maronia, is attributed to the family’s vision; thanks to the Tsantali’s dedication and strategic investment, today outstanding traditions are safely kept, biodiversity and native grapes are preserved and incentive has been given to younger vine growers and winemakers. This long-standing heritage is carried on today by the third and fourth Tsantali generation. The goal remains a solid blend of deep respect for the identity of the vineyard, emphasis on quality and sustainable development, commitment to insightful entrepreneurship, and a seductive storytelling inspired by the “sense of place”.
“Abaton” in Greek means “untrodden”. The term has been linked with the untrodden chamber of the church-the altar. The most well-known “Abaton” in Greece is holy Mount Athos. Abaton signifies the “untrodden” nature of Mount Athos, the spiritual way of life and the purity of the land. “Agioritiko” means something originated from Agio Oros (Mount Athos). It has nothing to do with the variety of Agiorgitiko (Saint George).
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"Aromas of ripe red berries, cherry and spice are followed by rich flavors of cherry, currant and vanilla in this blend containing 50% Xinomavro, 30% Grenache and 20% Limnio. The wine offers good structure and a touch of smoke, with a lingering finish of fruit and spice. It's an ageworthy wine, at a good price". SUSAN KOSTRZEWA