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 shown on the labels of these three Vlassides wines, enticing us to discover them: Doubling the cube – Trisecting the angle – Squaring the circle.
GRIFOS 2. Trisecting the angle
For the white Grifos, a local variety is paired with an international one. Just as its Greek name implies, the “Xynisteri” variety lacks acidity. Exactly for this reason we decided to combine this variety with Sauvignon blanc. The grapes come from non-irrigated vineyards in Kilani and Pachna.
It is best served fresh and cool at 8-10°C.
GRIFOS 2 – White
18% Sauvignon Blanc
The harvest of Sauvignon takes place in August and Xynisteri follows around the middle of September. Every year after the end of fermentation, several combinations of the two varieties take place in order to arrive at the most deliciously balanced blend. After that, Grifos 2 is left in keeping with its lees 3 to 6 months before bottling. The wine is bottled just before Christmas.
This is a vividly aromatic and fruity wine that fills the palate with its multifaceted character and lasting finish.
2021 Harvest Information:
|Reducing Sugars:||1,9 g/l|
October until July
|Lowest:||19,4°C – (8/2021)|
|Highest:||34,7°C – (8/2021)|
|Lowest:||14,6°C – (9/2021)|
|Highest:||29,8°C – (9/2021)|
2021 harvest, was an average year for the winery’s international varieties and a relatively late year for our indigenous varieties. Because of these reasons, there was a dose of truth in the joke we made to each other when we were receiving the grapes, that the 2021 harvest was actually two harvests in one! But, let’s see in detail the factors that played a decisive role in the 2021 harvest.
The total amount of rainfall in our area for the period of October 2020 to July 2021, was quite low (about 545mm of rain). The month with the most rainfall was January 2021 (264mm rain). The last rainfall took place on April 10, 2021. In terms of average minimum and maximum temperatures throughout the vegetation period, they were higher than in 2020, with the exception of September 2021, which justifies the partial later ripening in the native varieties.
The phenological stages in the 2021 harvest were as follows:
- Bud-break: First 10 days of April
- Flowering: First 10 days of May
- Veraison: In mid-July
- Ripening period – Harvest: Early August to mid-October
Some of the conclusions that emerged were that the intense abiotic stress from the high temperatures of May, accelerated flowering and reduced production due to a lower degree of fruit set. The increased temperatures of July and August yielded a rapid ripening of healthy grapes. The lower temperatures, especially during the evenings, helped the smooth phenolic maturation of the red varieties.
Each harvest season, the team at Vlassides winery aim to produce wines with the typicality of each variety. However, the aromatic and flavorful expression of the same variety, in different sub-regions, often differs. This is due to differences in soil-climatic conditions, the living environment and the adapted human activities and situations.
Testing the white wines from the tanks and barrels from specific vineyards of the same varieties after the end of the alcoholic fermentations, we found to a large extent the difference between them. When it comes to our wines which are intended for blend (eg. Grifos 2, Sauvignon blanc, Alates), this gave an additional boost in regards to the aromas and taste.
Right now, the winery’s red wines show a balance between alcohol, acidity and body, which is complemented by the intense phenolic load. Special mention should be made of the Shiraz of 2021, which due to the significantly reduced production of grapes, the wine presents an excellent concentration. In general, we hope to have red wines of deep aging, which were developed from the very good vintage of 2021.