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Christiana 2015 – Domaine Harlaftis
Harlaftis estate

CHRISTIANA 2015 – DOMAINE HARLAFTIS

  Nemea
SORRY GUYS, WE RAN OUT OF THIS ONE

The hottest thing in the world of wine!

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Why do we love it?

The frenzy of Malbec is still here! The most typical perhaps Argentine variety albeit with French origins, is now loved as few and deified by the wine lover audience in every corner of the globe.

Christiana was the first Malbec to be vinified in Greece. The vines were brought directly from Mendoza Argentina, planted and cultivated in the experimental vineyard of Domaine Harlaftis in Achladi, Nemea. The sophisticated oenologist Panos Zouboulis worked with Malbec for many years in Argentina. He knew the variety really well, so he did not hesitate to take on the project. Did he succeed? It is the first Domaine Harlaftis wine to sell out each year!

First year was 2012. Shortly it acquired fans who eagerly wait for it. The harvest of 2015 was released a few weeks ago. Yes, it is wonderful.

The fermentation takes place initially in 500 lt oak barrels and then Christiana is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months, gaining more earthy character and enviable complexity. The production has always been small and it is already scarce.

If you want to share the global frenzy for Malbec, the Christiana 2015 Domaine Harlaftis is a worthy representative of the variety in Greece.

You can wait for it for another 5-7 years. 

COLOR

RED

AROMA

MEDIUM FRUITY

BODY

FULL

ACIDITY

MEDIUM

Tastes Like

Bright purple color with violet hues in the glass.

The nose is dominated by impressive aromas of plum, cherry and strawberry in jammy form. Violet and hibiscus add floral character while cinnamon, vanilla and red pepper give spicy feel. Tobacco, coffee, butter caramel and leather complete the rich aromatic profile.

On the palate medium+ volume body, with rounded, medium intensity tannins and spicy character. The plum can be chewed, complimented by coffee and cinnamon, and remains in the long aftertaste.

Technical stuff
Color red
Type dry
Year 2015
Alcohol 13%
Origin Nemea
Variety Malbec
Aromas plum, strawberry, cherry, violet, hibiscus, red pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, tobacco, butter caramel, leather, coffee
Bottle Size 750 ml
Barrique 12 months
Serving temperature 16°C
Aging 7 years
Closure cork
Organic No

CHRISTIANA 2015 – DOMAINE HARLAFTIS

PAIR IT

Pair with a fillet with red wine sauce, grilled spicy sausages or barbecue meat .

Fillet Mignon with red wine sauce

  • 2-4 filets mignon, 3-5 inches thick
  • Salt
  • Canola or grape seed oil
  • 3-4 tbsp. of butter
  • 2 cups of red, full bodied, wine (we used Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • Black pepper

  Clean your fillets from hard fats and remove what you do not like.

  Leave the fillets at room temperature for about 60 minutes and towel them with kitchen towels, removing all the water and possible blood. Before cooking, brush them with some canola oil and season then well with salt.

 Heat two tablespoons of canola oil in a non-stick pan on high heat for about a minute. Apply the canola oil all over the pan with rotary movements. Throw the fillets in and immediately, lower the heat to medium. Leave them for about 3 minutes without moving them and preferably without piercing them. Depending on the thickness or the doneness , you can leave it for up to 6 minutes in the pan.

 Turn the filet mignon and roast for another 2-5 minutes depending on the thickness and  the doneness. Set aside and cover with foil to rest, until the sauce is ready.

  Pour the wine into the pan and increase the heat. Let the wine boil for about 10 minutes or till it’s reduced to 3/4. Return any juice from the fillets, if there is any, to the pan. Wait until it stops boiling. Then add the butter, one tablespoon at a time by stirring well until it melts. Add salt and serve over the fillets. Add freshly ground black pepper.

 

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