Spira Xinomavro Solera Ligas 2012-2021 NV

Spira Xinomavro Solera
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Looks, Smells, Tastes like:

Bonkers, Explosive, Complex

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Spira Xinomavro Solera Ligas, superb natural wine from Greece, Xinomavro grape, unique flavours, rich and very complex from long ageing in a Solera system from vintages 2013-2020. Ktima Ligas top white made from the red Xinomavro grape and vinified en blanc with then long ageing in a solera system is a unique expression of a rare grape and a special wine maker. Made from red grapes with a little skin contact, Spira behaves like an orange wine but is technically a Blanc de Noir, a white wine made from red grapes, the tiny amount of colour from slight contact and ageing in Solera gives it orange wine colour and characteristics. The Ligas family really is doing incredible things at their little winery in Pella, the Cuvee continue to arrive every year, each one that bit more experimental, each one more complex and diverse than the last and each one always equally delicious. Spira is no exception, a stunning wine for high quality seafood.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Natural, Organic
Producer Ktima Ligas
Country Greece
Region Pella
Vintage NV
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Xinomavro
Alcohol 13% abv
Maturation Solera system of barriques
Total Sulphur Below 50 mg/litre
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Beautiful now but given its new life, this wine should stay the course and develop nicely over the next 10 years
Food Matching Blue Cheese, Red Meat, Rich Sauces

Since ancient times, the region of Pella, situated in northern Greece, not far from the border with Macedonia was associated with wine making and described as the mother of wine, where vines abound.

Jason Ligas and his Sister Meli continue the work of their Father Thomas and have succeeded in turning the normally dull Roditis grape into something very special.  Thomas Ligas converted to natural farming in the 80s after following the ideas set out by renowned Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka (1913-2008).  Fukuoka's approach to agriculture was called, ‘do nothing'.  He was a Japanese researcher in plant pathology who subsequently became an experimental farmer and promoter of natural farming.  His philosophy has also been described as ‘Steiner without cow horns’ 

Thomas Ligas followed Fukuoka's teachings.  By reducing the yield of his grapes through natural farming, he was able to express the terroir and show the grapes potential.  The soils are loamy-sand with very good drainage.  The natural environment is expressed in Ligas' stunningly fresh and complex white wines.  The reds are pretty rare and only made in good years but are also wines to be savoured. The wines all carry a unique personality and expressive aroma which we have come to call 'The Ligas Nose!'

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The Natural Wine Lexicon

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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Spira Xinomavro Solera Ligas 2012-2021 NV