Yiannis Tselepos has thirty years of experience under his belt now and can reasonably claim to be largely responsible both for the recognition of his chosen region of Mantinia as the Mother Lode of Moschofilero and for the popularity of this grape in Greece and beyond. We can hardly believe our luck in getting the King of Moschofilero into our stable, especially as we were never before able to find a producer of this wine anywhere close to his quality.
Yannis almost stumbled on the uncanny suitability of Mantinia to the quintessential Alsatian grape by accident. What an amazing discovery it has proved to be. Is this the last place on earth where it is possible to make a completely dry, yet fully ripe, Gewurztraminer with just over 12% of alcohol? This wine has become legendary for its stunning aromatic power and pre-global warming profile. It makes almost every other version seem clumsy by comparison.
Nemea, especially at its highest elevations (up to almost 3000 feet) is considered the place in Greece most perfectly suited to the wonderful Agiorgitiko grape, and Tselepos is considered to produce an example without compare. With the innate elegance that one begins to take for granted at this estate, it offers an insinuating blackberry flavor and a quietly insistent acidity that draws you back for more. This is very classy wine.
(Moschofilero) It might seem counter-intuitive to attempt a sparkling wine from a varietal as characterful as the fragrant Moschofilero, but by harvesting early, the aromatic elements are kept in check and a delightfully original and well-balanced Méthode Traditionelle is made. Indispensable for any Big Fat Greek Wedding.