Kir Yianni Paranga Merlot Xinomavro Syrah, Macedonia, Greece 2019

Regular price £14.49

Mouthwatering low yield, high altitude red from Northern Greece.

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 area is marked by cold winters and warm summers, but the four surrounding lakes create a unique mild mesoclimate. As a result, we get high fruit concentration and ripeness with exquisitely complex and rich aromas.

Paranga translates as 'The Shack', taking its name from the run-down state of the Amyndeon winery back in 1997 when Yiannis Boutaris bought it. The grapes are sourced primarily from contracted growers in the Amyndeon appellation in Northwestern Greece. The vineyards are at an altitude of 600m on poor sandy soils. The area has cold winters and warm summers, with the four surrounding lakes creating a unique mild mesoclimate.

Grapes are hand-picked and selected on a sorting table prior to crush. For each variety the must is cold soaked at 11-12°C in a reductive environment for 2-5 days. Fermentation takes place at 20-22°C, followed by malolactic fermentation in tank. During the next five months of the year, the lees are stirred twice a week (batonnage), in order to achieve a fuller mouthfeel.

Tasting Note:  Red forest fruits and cherries, supplemented by a perfume of rose petals, give this light-bodied Macedonian red vibrancy, while a scattering of spice adds sensuality to the mix.

Critics: Jancis Robinson 16/20 (2015), Tom Cannavan 88/100, Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 - Bronze Medal

Merlot 50%, Xinomavro 25%, Syrah 25%

ABV13.5%