Region: Aegean Islands
Producer: Manolis Garalis
Grape: Muscat of Alexandria
Roseus is a unique rosé from blending the main grape of Lemnos’ island, the floral Muscat of Alexandria, with the oldest referenced grape in the world and indigenous to the island’s volcanic soil, the spicy Limnio. Very dry in style there are pronounced melon and nectarine notes with a touch of peach and white blossom. Very mineral and crisp with bright acidity.
Manolis Garalis is a third-generation viticulturist. With an ambition to see his high-quality organic grapes turned into first-class wine, he launched his winery in 2006 and released his first wines in 2007. He cultivates Lemnos’ indigenous varietals, Limnio and Muscat of Alexandria, over 5 hectares of certified organic sulphuric volcanic soil. Garalis’ approach is minimal intervention without any addition of yeasts or other additives, in order to express this unique island terroir in its purest form. Limnio is the oldest referenced grape in the world, mentioned by Homer, Aristotle and other ancient Greek authors as “Limnia Ampelos” and has been on the island for thousands of years. Muscat of Alexandria has become the main grape since the 1920s when brought by Lemnian immigrants from Egypt.