Amorgiano; Pariano; Vaftra; Koundoura Black; Mandilari: These are but a few of the names of the late-harvested red grape Mandilaria variety. The Mandilaria heartland is to be found in the Aegean Islands and in Crete. Mandilaria acquires extraordinary characteristics. Dark red color, aromas of vine-ripened fruit and leather, medium body with unrestrained, hefty tannins. Toiling hard both at the vineyard and at the winery and by mixing it with other varieties (the white Monemvassia, in Paros and the soft red Kotsifali in Crete) many a wine grower of note have been trying to tame the overall untethered nature of Mandilaria. Still, leaving it in the bottle for a few years is the best way to find ourselves before a 'European' wine whose taste travels you to the magnificent place of its origin.