Xynomavrois a dark-skinned grape variety widely planted in northernGreeceand, to a lesser extent, theMacedonian Republic. The variety is highly regarded in its native Greece as the finest red wine the country has to offer. With its characteristically hightanninandacidity, Xynomavro is structurally one of the biggest red wines in the Mediterranean, and indeed Europe. The word Xynomavro itself is a conjunction of the Greek words for acid and black, though this is often translated as black and sour. This gives some indication as to the flavor and structure of the wines made from the variety, which in youth remain true to their name, although Xynomavro wines can age gracefully for many years. Classic flavor characteristics include prune, strawberry and sun-dried tomato.
Vineyards: The vineyards are located at Fytia, at southern tip of the appellation of Naoussa. They are 20-30 years old.
Notes: Very complex, purple red in color, aromas of cherry, blackberry, plum, sin-dried tomatoes, black olive, and vanilla. Full mouth, rounded tannins, balanced acidity with beautiful long finish.
Vinification: Vineyards in Fytia, Naoussa, 47-year-old vines, soils of limestone, bedrock and volcanic s. Biodynamic farming. After fermentation and complete malolactic fermentation, the wine is placed in oak barrels for 12 months. The wine is bottled, unfiltered.