Xinomavro is the noble red grape of greece. They hang their hat on this variety, and this one is a damn good example. The fruit comes from knobbly old vines that are pushing 90-years-old, and the result is a wine with quite concentrated flavours of dark plums, ripe red berries and anise spice, with just a hint of baked herbs. It's a fuller-bodied, lush style with generous hits of vanillan oak, some firmness to the tannins, and a fleshy, long finish. Give this some air before serving, or cellar for a couple more years.
Variety Composition: Xinomavro 100%. Region / Location / Vineyard: Amyndeon plateau. Amyndeon viticulture zone. North-western Macedonia. 88 y.o., Gobelet 100%. “Turtles” sub-region. 660m altitude, with north-western exposure, facing mount Voras. 69ha of Linear, privately owned vineyard situated at an altitude of 620-710 m.
Vinification Method & Ageing: Destemming, no crushing, cold soak - skin contact, alcoholic fermentation at gradual increasing temperatures, maintenance of wine ‘’sur lies’’ for eight months with regular stirring. Eighteen to twenty four months in Allier – Bertrange French oak casks medium grain, white toast and eighteen to twenty four months in the bottle.
Tasting Characteristics: Bright dark ruby color. Complex nose with typical bouquet of sundried tomatoes, smoky black fruits, strawberries, dark cherries, licorice and spices. Full body, with rich fruit depth, blackberries, plums, herbaceous hints and oak on the back. Solid, velvety tannins and long aftertaste with persistent aromas.
Harmony: Perfect match with juicy red barbecued meats, roasted lamb, spicy sausages, red baked peppers in olive oil, stew rabbit, light spicy full body cheeses. Best served at 16-18? C.