GRIFOS 3

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 3. Squaring the circle

The grapes of the two varieties of rose Grifos are grown in non-irrigated vineyards in Kiilani and Pachna. Both varieties are vinified at the same time.

Grifos 3 is best enjoyed fresh and cool at 10-12°C.

Award

Year of Harvest

Gold Medal


11th International Cyprus Wine Competition 2018

2017


Silver Medal


10th International Cyprus Wine Competition 2017

2016


GRIFOS 3 – Rose

Varieties:

80% Shiraz
20% Grenache

Soil Composition:

Calcareous

Vinification:

Rose Grifos, is produced by crashing and macerating two grape varieties in order to extract a blend of their colour and primary aromas. This process lasts for about 18 to 20 hours. Fermentation follows in stainless steel tanks at 15°C. The bottling takes place at the beginning of November of the same year.

Production Year

2019

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Organoleptic Characteristics:

Intense colour, pomegranate and rose aromas, cool pleasant taste and long lasting aftertaste. Extraordinary.

2019 Harvest Information:

Ethanol: 13,5% Vol
pH: 3,35
Total
Acidity (H2SO4):
3,6 g/l
Reducing Sugars: 5 g/l
Rainfall:
October until July
1211 mm
Harvest
Temperatures (Μ.Ο.)
Lowest:
Highest:
 
 
19,5°C – (8/2019)
29°C – (8/2019)

2019 Harvest:

2019 was a year characterized by a cold winter with very high rainfall in our area; a very uncommon phenomenon for Cyprus (about 1200 mm), with average harvest temperatures up to 2 degrees lower than in 2018. This resulted in the delay of the phenolic stages of the vineyard (bud burst, flowering, veraison, maturation) and for this reason harvest begun during the 2nd week of August.

In the summer of 2019, maturation took place in the ideal harvest temperatures (Average) Minimum: 19.5°C (8/2019), 16.5°C (9/2019), Maximum: 29°C (8/2019) 26.5°C (9/2019), and this provided us with exceptional organoleptic characteristics, especially for the Sauvignon blanc, Xynisteri, Yiannoudi and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The damaged grapes by lobesia botrana larvae (grapevine moth), was the main issue we faced at the vineyard, the effects of which we dealt on time and effectively, in order to ensure the health of our grapes and the smooth maturation of all varieties, white and red.

In general, this year’s white wines are characterised by intense varietal aromas, which evolve during the tasting, with ideal acidity and cool aftertaste. As far as our red varieties, there was a delay between the technological and phenolic maturation. To achieve the desirable quality result, we decided to harvest the red varieties at the peak of their phenolic maturation. The delayed harvest and the partial desiccation of the grapes led to an increased sugar content which resulted in a wine with an elevated alcohol content. The precise extraction of  phenolic compounds as well as the management of the oxidative ageing in oak barrels, are expected to produce red wines characterised by concentrated fruit aromas, mature tannins and rich body.