Protected Designation of Origin Naoussa
A beautiful young man from Greek mythology, renown for his looks and finesse. He fell in love with his reflection in the water and while trying to catch it he drowned. The flower that grew at that spot was named after him.
Type: Dry Red
Grape Variety: Xinomavro 100%
Vineyards: P.D.O. Naoussa Zone, Northwest Macedonia, Greece
Harvesting: Hand-picked in late September – early October
Vinification / Maturation: Classical red wine vinification; under the Commission regulation (EC) No 606/2009. Six day maceration at 28-30° C with alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel vats. The wine is aged for a year under controlled temperature and humidity in French oak barrels and then for six months in the bottle.
Alcohol: 12.5% vol.
Acidity: 5.6 mg/L
Aging potential: 4-6 years
Eyes: Light red.
Nose: Ripe red fruits, spices and tomato in a background of minerals. Due to the ageing aromas of blond tobacco leaves, wood, leather and vanilla can be found resulting to a highly complex nose.
Palate: The strong tannins, high in nipping acidity, the rich aromatic intensity of the olive, the ripe tomatoes and bitter chocolate, all stand out. The wine leaves a seductive and velvety taste lifting to the surface fruity elements. The note of oak, the sense of pepper and clove, linger in the mouth with an almost bitter aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This wine can accompany a very wide range of foods: risotto, strongly flavoured dishes such as meat pies, lamb or goat and fatty foods. It may also be served with grilled foods, red meats and game as well as with strong and spicy salads. Best served at 16-18° C. Ideally, it should be ventilated in a decanter for 30 minutes.