Cephalonia red with smoky dark fruit, akin to a Rhone red
The Gentilini family traces its roots back to Italian nobility in the 16th century when Marino Gentilini was sent abroad to establish forts on the island of Cephalonia (Kefalonia). Marino eventually married and settled on the island where his descendants still reside. The winery itself was not established until the late 1970s, when Spiro-Nicholas Cosmetatos returned from studying abroad at the Wine Institute of Stellenbosch and decided to plant indigenous grape varieties and produce some of the best wines the region has to offer. Cephalonia is part of the Ionian Island chain in western Greece. This island is ideal for wine production, as the tallest mountain in the chain, Mount Ainos, is located here giving higher altitude and a cooling effect on the vines. The soils are made up of primarily limestone, making the tense and nervy whites of the region.
The Eclipse is made from the unique Mavrodaphne of Kefalonia grape, with only the best grapes bought in from the appellation zone. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation before being carefully matured for at least 12 months in top quality French and American barriques. The wine is matured for a further 12 months in bottle before release. Only 2,500 bottles are produced annually.
Tasting Note: This is a dark, almost inky wine, with generous, layered aromas of
red fruit, spiced with hints of licorice and wild mint. In the mouth it is rich, complex and impressive, with soft, round tannins and long on the palate.
Critics: Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 (2012)