Kir Yianni Diaporos, Single Vineyard Xinomavro, PGI Imathia, Macedonia, Greece 2017

Regular price £39.99

Special parcel of Xinomavro from a single vineyard - warm red berry fruit aromas, with hints of bitter citrus. On the palate, spiced ripe strawberry and abundant fresh fruits.

Kir-Yianni was founded in 1997 by Yiannis Boutaris, one of the leading figures in the Greek wine industry, when he left the Boutari Wine Group, the premium family wine company that his grandfather established in 1879. Today, Stellios Boutaris, member of the fifth generation of winemakers, leads Kir-Yianni into the next phase of its history, by dynamically exploiting the cornerstones of the Kir-Yianni philosophy: desire for innovation, respect for tradition and true knowledge of the wine, from the grape to the end consumer.

What started in 1997 as a fresh expression of Greek wine is now one of the most progressive wineries in the country. Research and development programmes dedicated to unlocking the potential of Xinomavro, the local grape variety, are given the kind of focus Catena have done with Malbec

Diaporos is a single-vineyard wine made from old vines (planted 1972) grown in Block #5 of Ktima Kir-Yianni in Naoussa at an altitude of 300 metres. Block #5 is 1.8 hectares and has quite heavy soils of loamy clay with a low pH - ideal for producing full-bodied Xinomavro. It has a southeast exposure and a high inclination of 15%. It has always produced the best Xinomavro of the Kir-Yianni vineyard.

After a seven–day pre-fermentation cold soak at 8-10°C, the must undergoes a 10-15 day fermentation at controlled temperatures (23-26°C) in open tanks with pneumatic pigeage devices. This process aims at stabilizing the color of Xinomavro and at softening its tannins. All of the wine finishes its malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels, while frequent batonnage is applied. The wine rests in oak for 20 months and further 12 months in the bottle before release.

Tasting Note: The Xinomavro grape is sometimes called the Greek Pinot Noir and this is complex and delicious with fine acidity and flavours of strawberry, violet, chocolate and vanilla.

Critics: Jancis Robinson 17/20 (2013), Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 - Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 - Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 - Bronze Medal, The Wine Advocate - 95 points (2007, 2011 vintage) - 94 points (2016) - 93 points (2005, 2009) - 92 points (2008, 2012, 2013, 2015)

Xinomavro 87%, Syrah 13%