Dalamaras Naoussa Red 2016
Red | PDO Naoussa | Northern Greece | 12.5% ABV | 750ml
100% Xinomavro, organic and natural winemaking with fruit coming from the Estate (family-grown). The winemaker has been named one of the 30 under 30 winemaking talents internationally by the Wine Spirits magazine in 2015.
Xinomavro is a thin-skinned grape variety widely planted in northern Greece. The variety is highly regarded in its native Greece as the finest red wine the country has to offer. With its characteristically high tannin and acidity, Xinomavro 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 flavour 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 flavour characteristics include prune, strawberry and sun-dried tomato.
The grapes themselves are blue-black and grow in tight clusters. The size of berries varies within the different clones of Xinomavro, but all vines are late ripening and of fickle nature. Vintage variation is a significant factor to consider with regard to purchasing decisions since the weather can play a large role in Xynomavro’s quality.