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Rated 88 - The 2017 Axia Syrah-Xinomavro is the typical and equal blend of Syrah and Xinomavro, aged for 12 months in...
Rated 90 - The 2018 Chardonnay Ecosystem Tramonto (so named because it is a single-block wine from Tramonto) was aged...
Rated 89 - The 2017 Estate S.M.X. is a blend of 60% Syrah and 20% each of Merlot and Xinomavro (the S.M.X. grapes),...
Rated 94 - Angelos Iatrides pulls this from the sauvignon blanc he planted toward the top of his vineyards, at a cool...
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In Macedonia and other parts of southern Europe, the main red wine grape varietal grown is the Xinomavro, a blue-black skinned grape whose name translates as 'acid black'. This grape thrives in the hot and arid landscapes of parts of Greece and the Mediterranean coast, and has been used for centuries for the production of superbly characterful dark red wines. The main features of the Xinomavro grape include their thick skins, which hold a high tannin content, and the fact that they contain a relatively high amount of acidity. These features are often problematic in young wines made from Xinomavro grapes, but also produce exquisite aged wines, when the tannins and acids have been given time to mellow and round out. In aged Xinomavro wines, a wide bouquet of delightful aromas is often present, containing classic Mediterranean notes such as black olive and dried tomato.
Thanks to thousands of years of viticulture, and a dedication to quality and experimentation, Greek wines remain in a league of their own and continue to surprise and delight wine lovers around the world. From the refined and delicious Agiorghitiko wines, with their deep ruby red color and intense fruit flavors, to the unusual and highly aromatic fortified wines made with the black Mavrodaphne grapes, Greek wine is renowned for its variety and consistent excellence. It seems the blazing Mediterranean sunshine allows wineries to make the most of the late harvests and all the intensity of flavor this brings, resulting in wines which are bursting with fruit-forward character and unusual aromas.