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The Chateau.

Domaine Porto Carras’ Chateau, ‘Villa Galini’ is built in an idyllic location, a focal point for the whole of Galini.

With a view to the green slopes of Meliton on one side and the Aegean on the other when the weather permits the visitor can see the entire area of Cassandra and Sithonia and can even make out North Sporades on the horizon. The villa was built during the years 1970-1974 based on the plans of a well-known architect from the post-war period Kostas Kapsambelis and is a remarkable example of monastic architecture.

Villa Galini has played host to famous personalities from the arts and politics from all over the world. Melina Mercouri, Salvador Dali, Giscard d’Estaing, Francois Mitterand, Hans-Dietrich Genscher and many others have stayed in this jewel of Chalkidiki and, of course, all have sampled and become fanatical fans of the Domaine’s wonderful wines.

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The Vineyard.

Today the “Slopes of Mt. Meliton” vineyards are a model of organic viniculture, in line with modern international trends, respecting the consumer and the environment.

Thanks to the exceptional climate conditions prevailing in the area, the Domaine’s vineyards are today considered to be one of the rarest cases where most vine diseases are confronted using organic processes. Plant protection is achieved solely by using sulphur and copper so that cultivation can be certified as purely organic, moreover only organic fertilizers are used. The yield per 1000m2, which does not exceed 800 kilos, demonstrates that the viticultural potential of the area is extremely high.

The hilly areas in the region create excellent ecological conditions for cultivating the 22 select varieties that thrive on the south-western slopes at an altitude of 200-300 m. These conditions allow the Asyrtiko, Athiri, Malagouzia, Sauvignon Blanc and Rhoditis varieties to produce the highest quality white wines.

Among the red wines, the famed Greek Limnio variety referred to in texts of Aristotle, stands out accompanied by the cosmopolitan varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah, which at altitudes from 300 to 400m have adapted wonderfully to the cool north-eastern slopes of the region.

Since the beginning of 2002 a program to replant and technically improve 1700 hectares of vineyards has been put underway.

porto carras cellarThe winery.

The design and selection of the Winery location at the centre of the Vineyard helps in fast delivery and process of grapes aiming at maintaining their quality dynamics and to avoid oxidation.

The wines are vinified with skill and care within the winery’s state-of-the-art facilities by experienced oenologists who are students of the great Emile Peynaud.

Since 2000, the Technical Olympic Group of Companies has assisted dynamically in modernizing the winery. The production process is achieved with the most modern equipment: pneumatic press, special tanks for pre-fermentation extraction, stainless steel tanks for fermentation with double wall, automatic control fermentation temperature.

At the same time, in the winery’s air-conditioned cellar authentic French oak barrels, which are replaced every year, ensure ideal ageing conditions for the leading red wines and in particular Chateau Carras and Syrah.

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logo graperoverThe Domaine Porto Carras wines tasted by GrapeRover:

2011 Porto Carras Melissanthi, PGI Sithonia. 86 points.

melisanthi_bottlewhite grapeclipassyrtiko, athiri, organic.

vmlRegional: astakos vrastos. World: deep fried fresh prawns, fresh grilled fish, sushi and creamy cheeses.

logo graperoverLight-yellow. Medium viscosity. In the nose  a delicate bouquet of lemon  and melon. Full aromatic flavors of citrus, grapefruit and ripe melon.  Very pleasant finish. Good value.

 

 

 

2011 Porto Carras Malagousia, PGI Sithonia, 89 points.

malagouziaportocarras (1)white grapeclip100% malagousia, organic.

vmlRegional: Giouvetsi Thalassitis, kakaviaWorld: crustaceans, shell fish, sushi, grilled fat fish, cured pork, pheasant, turkey,  rich cheeses.

logo graperoverStraw yellow. Dense viscosity. Rich aromatic fragrances of tropical fruit like mango, papaya melted together with zippy citrus and a touch of mint.  Volumptious and well structured flavors of lemon, apricot and peach with some butterscotch tones. Smooth and velvety. Wonderful lingering finish. Excellent value.

 

2011 Porto Carras Merlot, PGI Halkidiki, 88 points.

merlot PCred grape clip100 % merlot, organic.

wine barrel12 months French oak, 2/3 years old.

vmlRegional: chalkidiki lamb ribs, loukanika. World: prime red meat, spicy beef casseroles, leg of lamb.

logo graperoverDeep dark ruby. Dense viscosity.  Scents of blackberry, prune and jam with some oak and black pepper.  As this bottle came straight out of the (still aging) barrel the flavors were not yet developed, but promising! A soft round medium bodied red wine showing a combination of ripe plum and jammy red fruit flavours with hints of mint and some spicy oak. A complex wine shows fine, silky tannins and soft acid with a lingering menthol finish. Tasted in february 2012, so this wine should be all set to enjoy now!

 

2004 Chateau Porto Carras, PDO Slopes of Meliton, 91 points.

chateau porto carrasred grape clipcabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, limnio. organic.

wine barrel12 – 18 months new French oak.

vmlRegional: Arni tou ampelourgou, World: rib-eye, entrecote, saddle of lamb, game, spicy meat stew, overmatured (Dutch) cheese.

logo graperoverDark ruby. Dense viscosity. The influence of one of the world’s most famous (Bordeaux) winemakers prof. Peynaud is clearly present in this wine. Very attractive nose of fragrant black fruits like blackberry, black currant and prune. Excellent harmonious blend of soft cedar and mellow acidity. Charming flavors of smoky oak mingle well with ripened dark fruits. Voluptuous, warm and well structured. Great finish. Not far from it’s top, I gather.

2004 Porto Carras, Syrah, PGI Sithonia, 88 points.

syrahportocarras (1)red grape clip100% Syrah. organic.

wine barrel12 – 18 months new French oak.

vmlRegional: Kokoretsi. World: Charcoaled lamb or pork ribs, T-bone steak, entrecote, game, matured (Dutch) cheese.

logo graperoverDeep rich ruby. Dense viscosity. Complex aromas of dark fruit like plum and blackberry, mellow spicy with clove and cinnamon. Expansive palate with developed tannins, dominated by ripe fruit,  pepper and cinnamon. Rich velvety aftertaste. Very becoming. At it’s top now.