Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Xinomavro and VQPRD Naoussa Wine


Xinomavro, one of the finest Greek red grape varieties, is grown in many parts of the country. However, in Naoussa it reaches its perfect maturation at ease.

It is an active variety, high yielding, robust and resistant to disease, but very sensitive to a lack of water. The grapes are of medium-size, spherical with a thick skin, white flesh and a characteristic colour of the skins ranging from dark red to nearly black. The variety has proven to have considerable potential in terms of aromas from fermentation and aging, but also to have well-balanced sugar, acid and tannin levels.

The red wines with the indication VQPRD Naoussa have a multidimensional and distinct character. They can be distinguished by their deep red colour and characteristic aroma of red fruits which, during the 12 month aging in oak barrels as determined by the relevant legislation, develops into a rich bouquet of spices, with notes of tomato. This also softens its tannins that give the wine its good structure and richness. They are wines with great aging potential.

The modern methods of wine-making used by the current generation of oenologists and wine-makers showcase the multiple virtues of Xinomavro. A new generation of Naoussa wine is available on the market with a dynamic modern profile which meets the preferences of the contemporaryconsumer. It has a rich aromatic profile a balanced palate and is easily combined with many dishes.

At present, there are two types of wine bearing the VQPRD Naoussa indication: a dry red and a semi-sweet red. Also available are VQPRD Naoussa Reserve, which ages for 24 months, and VQPRD Naoussa Grande Reserve, which ages for 48 months.