Naoussa
The wine

Xinomavro reveals all the depth and complexity of Naoussa’s terroir. An approach that focuses on concentration and freshness, with typical aromas and flavours, reminiscent of small red fruits, combined with floral notes and sweet spices from the oak. The bright acidity and the refined tannins build the structure of the wine. This is a wine, which is accessible and enjoyable in its youth. At the same time, it has an extraordinary potential to evolve over the years in the bottle, unfolding all its virtues, enhancing pleasure at the dinner table.

Vintages

The vintage

The year 2019 was unique. We harvested enough healthy grapes with phenolic ripeness and at the same time acidity unprecedentedly good for a Mediterranean vineyard. It was a year that progressed smoothly from the beginning of winter and ended with the harvest in mid-October, without the vineyard enduring extreme weather conditions. The rainfall was evenly spread throughout the year and provided sufficient water for the plants, to withstand the July drought. During the hot summer the grapes ripened without heat waves, keeping the acidity at satisfactory levels. We harvested Xinomavro at the end of September, satisfied with the quality of the raw materials and with the anticipation that we will get wonderful wines that only get better with age and continue to amaze us with their character.

The wine style

A wine of medium ruby colour, medium (+) aromatic intensity. Powerful nose of sumptuous red fruit dominated by raspberry, cranberry and red plums; black fruit mainly blueberry, bramble, mulberry, damson, black cherries, and black plums; the herbaceous hallmark of Xinomavro expressed as tomato leaf and tomato paste; spice such as liquorice. The clarity of fruit is ingrained with carefully managed oak boasting aromas of vanilla, cloves, coconut, coffee and butterscotch.
On the palate, the wine is dense and solidly built. Dry, with medium + acidity, medium body, framed by lacy, fine-grained high tannins, versus generous red and black fruit extract and medium alcohol. It displays pronounced intensity of flavours and a long finish. It is balancing its high tannic grip and acidity levels versus fruit extract and alcohol integration; it is intense, complex with compelling and expressive aromas. An elegant rendition of Xinomavro, yet succinct, robust with clear varietal definition, well-crafted tannins to be resolved and concentrated fruit to support it for the longer haul. This wine is for long keeping during which it will develop even more complex aromas from bottle ageing.

The vintage

The year 2018 tested our strengths in the vineyard, but also verified the quality of the vines in extreme weather conditions. In the summer of 2017 the lateral buds were ideally formed, giving the spark for a remarkable new year. The winter of 2018 was relatively mild, with minimal snowfall even in the mountains. The first rains of March were also the last rains of spring. Following this was the warmest and driest April, indicating a premature vintage. In May and June we worked hard, in order to bring the vineyard to a balanced growth. We had a rather challenging July, with continuous afternoon rains, leading us to work in the fields continuously. Fortunately, the ideal summer conditions that prevailed from mid-August onwards rewarded us for the previous months work. The mild temperatures and cool nights helped to ripen the grapes slowly and evenly until the beginning of a sunny October, when the harvest took place.

The wine style

Bright ruby colour of medium intensity. Complex and fruity on the nose showing candied violets dripped in brandy, pomegranate, raspberries, wild strawberries, blackberries, subtle torrefact earthy notes and soft spices. A medium bodied Xinomavro with small red fruits flavours, a slightly gamey mid-palate with cherry tomato, licorice and sweet spices that linger on the long finish with the underlined acidity, light herbaceous nuances, black pepper and sappy tannins.

The vintage

This was a year with an outstanding vintage, proving that a heavy winter is ideal. In January the temperatures dropped to -15°C (5°F) and the vineyard became dormant, providing the best conditions to begin its annual cycle. In spring, the weather conditions were dry and cool, following a summer with warm but not extreme temperatures, leading to a production of extremely healthy grapes, with perfect phenolic maturation. The variation in temperature daily favoured the creation of aromas and preservation of high acidity. Harvest came early, avoiding the autumn rains and rewarding our expectations of this year’s wine.

The wine style

A profound highly aromatic bouquet with a delicate potpourri of violets, rose petals and lavender followed by dark cherries, blackberries, tar, discreet earthy notes with hints of truffles, ferrous minerals, warm spices and an elegant touch of toasted oak. A medium plus structured red with a polished texture, it reveals cool crunchy red and dark fruits that lead to a refreshing mineral mid-palate with pronounced acidity. It culminates with a long finish full of truffles, black tea, warm spices and chewy tannins.