"Kreos" taken from the greek, Eos, a figure of Greek mythology, goddess of the dawn, sister of Helios (the sun) and of Selene (the moon). As the story goes; every morning the goddess weeps inconsolably for the death of her son, killed by Achilles during the siege of Troy, and her tears form the morning dew. Homer called her the goddess with the rosy finger because of the effect seen in the sky at dawn.
Terroir: The Castello Monaci Kreos Rosato comes from the heart of Italy's rosé production region of Apulia. The vineyards of this hot, arid region are made up of dry gravelly soils of limestone and clay forcing the vines deep for nourishment and leading to very low yields and concentrated wines.
Vinification: This 100% Negroamaro is made in the "saignée method" which removes the juice from the skins after just a enough contact to impart a rich pink color and clean berry flavor. 45,000 bottles produced.
This delicious rosé is dry and elegant with bright fruit and floral notes on the nose and palate.
Castello Monaci's only rosato within their range of wines has changed composition for the 2013 vintage and switched from a blend of Negramaro and Malvasia Nera di Lecce to a monovarietal Negramaro.
The 2013 was the perfect vintage for Negramaro vines as the weather was more tempered and sunny when compared to the previous year. With the extraordinary climate of 2013, the grapes had the time to grow slowly, and achieve optimum levels of ripeness. The most important difference is represented by the color of the wine; typically the Apulian rosato is called “rosatone” as the color is very dark due to the large amount of hours of skin contact. Kreos 2013 is pale and more elegant in style. Skin contact was six hours less than prior vintages (from 18 to 12 hours). The bouquet is intense with fruit and spice flavors (rose, strawberry, blueberry and pepper with a good acidity). The wine is very well balanced.
The use of Malvasia Nera di Lecce in the previous vintages gave a wine more creamy with less acidity, capable to age less time in bottle. The new style of Kreos is fresh and easy to drink.