GRIFOS 1

The name of the wine was inspired by the ancient era and geometry, two concepts immediately connected with winemaking.

The three eternal conundrums or brain-teasers of the Ancient Greek mathematicians are diplayed on the labels of these three Vlassides wines, enticing us to discover them: Doubling the cube – Trisecting the angle – Squaring the circle.

GRIFOS 1. Doubling the cube

The red Grifos is produced from two varieties adapted to hot climates. 

Grapes come from non-irrigated vineyards at Kilani (Mataro) and Pachna (Agiorgitiko). The harvest and vinification take place every September and the wine is bottled during the following spring season.

Enjoy the red Grifos between two to three years after its harvest, at 15-16°C.

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Year of Harvest


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GRIFOS 1 – Red

Varieties:

50% Agiorgitiko
50% Mataro

Soil Composition:

Calcareous

Vinification:

The harvest and vinification take place every September. We macerate the grapes together with the must for up to five days in order to extract the desired amount of phenolic substances. Grifos 1 does not age in oak barrels. Bottling begins in spring, six months after the harvest.

Production Year

2020

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Organoleptic Characteristics:

Deep red colour, soft velvety texture, rich in aromas. Perfectly balanced.

Harvest Information 2020:

Ethanol: 13,5% vol
pH: 3,45
Total
Acidity (H2SO4):
3,5 g/l
Reducing Sugars: 2,5 g/l
Rainfall:
October until July
898 mm
Harvest
Temperatures (Μ.Α.)

Lowest:
Highest:
 
 
17,5°C – (9/2020)
33,5°C – (9/2020)

2020 Harvest:

2020 was characterised by a relatively mild winter. However, the temperatures that prevailed during the winter months affected the phenological stages of the vineyard (bud burst, flowering, veraison, maturation) which delayed their progression and for this reason harvest begun during the 3d week of August.

The total amount of rainfall in our area reached 850mm of rain, with 75% taking place between December of 2019 and January of 2020. The drought that followed, which started in mid-spring and continued until the harvest period, along with the absence of intense hot weather and with optimal viticultural care, helped to produce perfectly healthy grapes with excellent ripening.

The average temperature in August was 25.5°C, favouring the technological and phenolic maturation of Sauvignon blanc and Shiraz, varieties which ripen during this time.

The average temperature in September of 2020 was 25°C, 2.5°C higher than in 2019. The increased temperature resulted in the abrupt increase of the sugars of the Merlot variety during harvest season. On the contrary, Cabernet Sauvignon had a simultaneous technological and phenolic maturation. The non-grafted indigenous varieties of our vineyards of Xynisteri, Promara, Yiannoudi and Maratheftiko were not affected by this change and enjoyed a smooth maturation due to their adaptation to the climate of Cyprus.

As a result of all the above, this year’s harvest has contributed significantly to the creation of wines that highlight the typical character of each variety with a strong terroir element, especially in wines which derive their grapes from selected vineyards such as Alates, Oroman, Sauvignon blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Opus Artis.

This year’s white wines of Vlassides Winery present intense varietal aromas which evolve as we taste them and are characterised by balanced acidity and a cool aftertaste.

Due to the smooth maturation of our red varieties, the wines produced will be characterised by intense varietal aromas with a velvety balance between alcohol, acidity and phenolic load.