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Limnos, the sacred land of Efaistos is “floating” between the Mount Athos and the Dardanelles, accompanied by its special aromas and original flavors. Already known from the era of Homer for its famous wines, Limnos i “Ambeloessa”, has been, with the passage of the centuries, the reference point of fine and qualitative products. …“there is no better wine to drink than a sweet wine of Limnos”, says Athineos in his work, Dipnosofistes.
Modern Limnos continues the tradition, producing fresh and aromatic dry wines, but mainly wonderful sweet wines from the charismatic variety of Muscat of Alexandria which flourishes in its volcanic soil.
Small, well-groomed, cup-shaped vineyards cover an area of about 700 hectares, together with Aristotle’s favorite variety of, Limnia Ambelo or Limnio and they guarantee, because of their low yields, an excellent raw material for the wine.
Savvoglou-Tsivolas producers exploit a total of around 20 hectares of vineyards (privately-owned or in co-operation with other wine growers), which are located in the regions of Agios Dimitrios, Kaspaka, Sardes, Dafni, Plaka and Kontopoulio. The cultivated varieties are mainly Muscat of Alexandria, Limnio, small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Fokiano. The vineyards are regularly inspected and controlled by a scientist agriculturist and oenologist, as well as by the Organic Products Inspection and Certification Organization, DIO, that also inspects, controls and certifies the organic methods of cultivation and provides the corresponding Products Certifications. The privately-owned vineyard, located in the area of MAVRAMPELIA, near the winery, is being under restructuring. Our current planning includes the enrichment of the vineyard with other varieties (mainly Asyrtiko) in our under construction estate in the area of Rodania, which will be open to the pubic and, in the contexts of an agrotourism program, it will provide accommodation facilities as well.
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2011 Limnos Organic Taxidi dry white, PDO Limnos, 85 points.
100% muscat de alexandria.
Regional: Octopus Stifado. World: sushi, roasted fat fish, deep fried squid, pork dishes, fish pastas.
2011 Limnos Organic Embeloussa dry white. PDO Limnos, 87 points.
Regional: Cuttlefish lemonato. World: sushi, roasted fat fish, deep fried squid, pork dishes, fish pastas.
Light golden yellow. Medium viscosity. A somewhat more complex version of former “Taxidi”. The fermented “free run” juice of the Muscat creates a more serious and expressive, mineral, flavor. Smooth floral tones are up-front. Good lasting finish.
2011 Limnos Organic Proimos dry white, PDO Limnos, 82 points.
Regional: Grilled halloumi sandwich. World: sushi, roasted fat fish, deep fried squid, pork dishes, fish pastas.
2011 Limnos Organic Rodon semi dry rose, PDO Limnos, 84 points.
Regional: Garrides Tourkolimano World: spicy chicken, asian food, curries, fruity desserts.
Bright salmon pink. Medium viscosity. Heaps of sweet summer fruit, like strawberry, raspberry and cherry, clear on the nose. The limnio gives some grip. Juicy “everybody’s friend. No highflyer, but adequate, tasty!.
2010 Limnos Organic Volcania, table wine. 83 points.
60% limnio, 40% cabernet sauvignon.
Regional: Loukaniko. World: moussaka, lasagna, lamb chops, meat balls, vegetarian, rich cheeses.
Light ruby. medium viscosity. Pleasing dark fruit aromas, with some earthyness and oak. Good ripe fruit on the palate, combined with some pepper and soft tannins. Easygoing everyday supple red. Medium finish.
2009 Limnos Organic La Terra, PDO Limnos. 89 points.
100% muscat de alexandria.
Regional: Portokalopita. World: tropical fruit & ice cream.
Light amber/brown; orange marmalade, apricots, peaches, floral; semi-sweet, citrusy, medium body, tangy acidity, lingering finish.
Aromatic, fruity nose led to a light dessert sipper. A bit harsh however.