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2012 Skouras Megas Oenos Cabernet Sauvignon Saint George

Winemaker's Notes

Fermented and macerated in stainless steel vats. Full malolactic fermentation in oak and maturation in new French barriques for 18 months and in bottle a further 6 months. Ripe red fruits, blackberries, cherries, morello cherries, cloves, sweet spices, tobacco. Smart, elegant, complex.

Grape Varieties: Aghiorghitiko 80%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%

Vinification/Maturation: Alcoholic fermentation and extraction in stainless steel vats at 23˚C. Post fermentation extraction at 20˚C. Total extraction time: Agiorgitiko: 25 days. Cabernet Sauvignon: 20 days. Full malolactic fermentation in barriques. Maturation in new French barriques for 18 months, 4 of which in the presence of light lees. The wine matured in bottle for a further 6 months in our cellar.

Tasting notes: The colour is very deep and intense purple. Οn the nose it is dense, concentrated and elaborate but elegant. Aromas of ripe fruits such as blackberries and black raspberries, spicy characteristics, smoke and notes of leather fill the nose. On the mouth it is silky yet robust and framed by delicate tannins. A balanced acidity offers flavours of ripe fruits, cloves, black pepper and a touch of herbs. The aftertaste is very long and of great complexity.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2012 Skouras Megas Oenos Cabernet Sauvignon Saint George

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Wine Advocate (2012 Vintage) says
The 2012 Megas Oenos is a 75/25 blend of Old Vines Agiorgitiko and Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged for 18 months in French oak (half new, half used). If you want to see the difference in a young Megas Oenos and one settling into maturity (like the 2005 oldie, also reviewed), this provides a good example. Here, the fruit and the oak are both fresher. This wine, though, maintains its elegance. The power is actually better controlled here, the tannins present but relatively riper. In this big vintage, where the wines tend to be rich and richer (and some producers went a bit overboard, perhaps), this is a gorgeously balanced Megas Oenos that is bursting with flavour. Yet, nothing seems out of place. It has a certain crispness in the background, but not too much. It has fine tannic support, but it sneaks up on you. It has wonderful flavour and surprising sex appeal, but it never seems candied. It is a wine you can drink today--and probably 20 years from now, too. It touches all the bases. It is a very fine value.
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