Cephalonia's unique grape, Robola - this is vivacious with smoky and mineral aromas along apple and white peach scents.
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.
Made entirely from Robola of Kefalonia, an increasingly rare, ungrafted, noble grape variety. The grapes are sourced from high-altitude, extremely lowyielding vineyards within the PDO zone. Quantities are limited to 30,000 bottles each year.
Tasting Note: Bright yellow-green color, with strong aromas of citrus and citron, whitefleshed fruits and herbs. Crispy acidity, body with good volume and elegant finish.
Critics: Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 (2016), 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2017), 91/100 Decanter (July 2020)
Robola of Cephalonia 100%