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Gaia Ritinitis Nobilis Retsina

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750ML / 12% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Retsina is the traditional wine of Greece since antiquity. It has its own unique style due to the addition of a quantity of resin from the pine tree "Pinus Halepensis" during fermentation. Therefore, the European wine legislation has recognized it as a wine with "Traditional Appellation" that can only be produced in Greece. Though, Retsina, in the past, had been connected with bad, oxidised and resin overdosed wines that many tourists had faced during their holidays in Greece. We decided to create a "new wave" style Retsina, Ritinitis Nobilis, in order to redefine and reposition the quality context of the traditional wine of our country.

We produce Ritinitis Nobilis using modern winemaking technology and by adding a very carefully calculated quantity of resin from pine tree into fermenting must from selected grapes of Roditis variety that grow on the hills surrounding Corinth in Peloponnese. The result is an elegant and refreshing wine with perfect balance between pine and grapes. Ritinitis Nobilis is a delightful partner of Greek "mezedes" and Spanish tapas and is best enjoyed at approximately 8º-10ºC.

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Yiannis Paraskevo- poulos’s Ritinitis has set the bar high for Ret- sina for years, but this vintage hits it out of the park. He bases it on roditis grown in the cool heights of the Peloponnese vinified in stainless steel, so that the base wine itself is bright and lively, with vibrant acidity and a mineral grip. The resin, culled from a par- ticular stand of Aleppo pines, goes in fresh and in moderation. The combination always creates a cooling, refreshing Retsina, but this vintage (2020) has an electric intensity. It’s head-turning in aroma, more seaside-pine- grove than direct pine resin, and arresting in flavor, delivering a jolt of bright, fresh herbal flavor that wakes up every nerve in the body. Close your eyes and it might send you direct to a quiet beach on the Aegean, the wind whisking through the pines at your back, a sea-salt haze hanging over the blue sea.

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GAIA WINES was founded in 1994 by Leon Karatsalos and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos.

Thalassitis, a Santorini A.O.C. white wine, inaugurated the company's first appearance, and quickly won a place in the Greek wine market. The 9,800 numbered bottles of Thalassitis in 1994, rapidly rose to more than 100,000 in 1999, all the while maintaining its commitment to quality.

In 1996 GAIA WINES acquired a private vineyard in Koutsi region of Nemea, along with a perfectly equipped winery of a total capacity of 3.000hl.

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A large southern region of Greece, the Peloponnese contains the famous appellations of Nemea and Mantineia. While connected to the mainland by a tiny strip of land, essentially the region is a large Mediterranean island and excels in the production of red wine from Agiorghitiko, white from Moscofilero and sweet wine from the Mavrodaphne grape.

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There are hundreds of white grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles.

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