Kreos is Castello Monaci’s only rosé. Kreos is a very versatile, stylish wine with marked acidity. The name recalls the Greek myth of Eos, goddess of the dawn, called “the rosy-fingered goddess” by Homer due to the visual effect of the sky at sunrise.
PRODUCTION DISTRICT: Salice Salentino (Lecce).
ALTITUDE: 30 metres above sea level.
TYPE OF SOIL: Calcareous clay soil, siliceous, deep and dry.
TRAINING SYSTEM: Spurred cordon.
HARVEST: The grapes are mechanically harvested in mid-September. The harvest takes place at night, in order to preserve as much acidity as possible and to begin fermentation during the coolest hours of the day, thus avoiding leaps in temperature; a further advantage is reduced energy consumption.
WINEMAKING METHOD: After soft crushing and pressing, contact between the must and skins continues for 15–18 hours. It is fermented in special stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature.
SENSORY PROFILE: Bright, concentrated pink colour like sea coral. Lingering aromas of flowers, cherries, and red berries (raspberries and redcurrants). Velvety, rounded flavour, tangy and minerally, intoxicatingly fresh. A mouth watering finish with light fresh fruit notes lingering on the palate.
RECOMMENDED CELLARING: 18 months in bottles laid down in a cool, dark place.
FOOD PAIRING: Perfect with tuna tartare and fish soup with cherry tomatoes. Highly recommended with fish and tomato first courses, and cooked or raw fish.