The 2019 growing season was excellent with good winter rainfall followed by a long, dry ripening season without heatwaves. Dry soils, combined with warm temperatures allowed for perfect flowering and fruit set. Harvest occurred on the 20th of August – normal for this vineyard – with phenological ripeness with natural acidity.
This fruit is sourced from the Kokinopilia region which is a subzone of the Robola PDO zone at an altitude of 600m above sea level. The average age of the vines is 25 years. The soil is gravelly limestone with good drainage. The vineyards are west facing and are planted on an incline.
Daily sampling and analysis of the Robola grapes ensured that they were picked at optimal ripeness. The grapes were hand harvested and chilled. They were then sorted, de-stemmed and pressed. Only the free run juice was fermented in stainless steel using EC1118 yeast. At Gentilini Winery we keep back a small amount of wine in oak barrels each year. This allows us to blend wines using the solera method to add complexity and depth to the finished wine. The 2019 Crossed Paths has 15% Robola from 2016, 2017 and 2018. After blending the wine sits on its fine lees for 4 months before bottling.
Colour: Brilliant, clear with faint green tinge.
Aroma: Perfumed aromas of Bergamot orange blossom, grapefruit pith, tangerine ad orange zest. Delicate sea spray notes flood the glass.
Palate: Fresh and vibrant flavours of Tahitian lime, blood orange ad Meyer lemons complimented with briny notes of samphire and wet river stone. Chalky acidity provides focus and length balanced with a lovely phenolic texture, adds further complexity.
A perfect accompaniment for freshly shucked Coffin Bay oysters, sushi grade tuna or kingfish ceviche!
Winemaker: Paul Georgiadis, Alex Katsaros, Petros Markantonatos, Alexandros Doukas
2019 Crossed Paths Robola
Alcohol: 13.0% alc/vol
Residual Sugar: 1.9g/L
Bottled: 27 February 2020 (1230 bottles produced)
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