Armenia is considered to be the birthplace of wine, with biblical references to the region being planted with vines. Armenia also hosts the site of the oldest known winemaking ruins, which date back 6,100 years. Founded by Armen Aslanyan, ArmAs is revitalising Armenia’s historic winemaking legacy. Situated on the 45th parallel, the estate covers 180 hectares of stunning vineyard and orchards, on an undulating terrain of complex soils set against the backdrop of Mount Ararat. Winemaker Emilio del Medico pays homage to this heritage by creating elegant and distinct wines from estate grown native varieties.
The ArmAs estate is located in the Aragatsotn Province (pronounced ARRA-got-sart’n), with vineyards ranging from 700 to 1,900 metres above sea-level. The altitude promotes a long ripening period; the vines produce concentrated fruit nourished by 300 days of sunshine per year, balanced by a freshness created by the cool summer nights. The ungrafted vines are planted in soils comprising 30 layers of volcanic, limestone and clay composition. The indigenous Voskehat (pronounced VOSS-g-hat) which translates as ‘The Golden Seed’, has a hardy skin enabling it to thrive in this environment as it copes well with the hot summers and cold winters. The grapes are manually harvested at optimum maturity.
The grapes were carefully selected to maintain the highest quality. Fermentation took place at 16 to 17°C with selected yeasts in stainless steel to retain the purity of fruit. Maturation of eight months on the lees with weekly bâtonnage, imparted texture and complexity to the resulting wine.
Produced from the Voskehat variety this native grape delivers intense and complex aromas of white melon, green apple, fresh rosemary and lime, complemented by subtle spice undertones. The aromas are echoed on the palate, which shows a streak of fresh minerality balancing the full structure. Long and elegant.