Seméli is one of Greece’s leading winemaking and family-owned businesses and certainly one that has greatly contributed to the recognition of the Peloponnese region in international markets. It was founded in 1979 by the Nassiakos family which, being one of the oldest families in the area, owns some of the best plots on the Mantinia plateau, at an altitude of 600m.
Leonidas Nassiakos, oenologist and grandson of Seméli’s founder, is now at the helm of the estate. He has a deep knowledge of both the Nemea and Mantinia appellations and of their respective flagship grape varieties, Agiorgitiko and Moschofilero. While Seméli aims to harness the full potential of local Roditis, Moschofilero, Malagousia and Agiorgitiko, the estate also grows some international grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer), blended with the former in wines of great texture and character.
This Mantinia is a pure and clear expression of the appellation’s quintessential variety. The grapes are pressed and fermented slowly, with natural yeasts only, thus developing the full aromatic complexity that Moschofilero can deliver. An inviting and soft everyday drinker that will easily invite you to a second glass.
What’s in the glass: Elegant nose with the combination of citrus (lemon, white grapefruit), floral (crushed petals, jasmine) and orchard fruit aromas that is so characteristic of Moschofilero. The palate is round and smooth, with richness of fruit balanced by a gentle zesty drive. Lingering flavours of lemon, pear and white peach.
Producer: Seméli Estate
Grape Variety: Moschofilero
Region/Appellation: Zevgolatio, Mantinia PDO, Peloponnese
Alcohol content: 12% ABV
Current vintage: 2019
Ideal serving temperature: 10ºC
Drinking window: Drink within year of release