Refreshing, zesty white from Northern Greece. Enjoy with an Attic sunset.
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
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.
After a period of cold soak, which increases the extraction of more intense aromas from the skin of the grapes, the juice is allowed to settle, before it is inoculated with selected yeasts. Batonnage is applied in stainless steel tanks for a period of 3-5 months, with the aim to add volume and complexity to the wine.
Tasting Note: Intense but refined aromas of jasmine, white peach and apricot, typical of Malagousia, balanced by the freshness of a high-altitiude Roditis adding crisp acidity and zest. Rounded, fresh and delicious.
Critics: Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 (2015), Tom Cannavan 89/100, Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 - Bronze Medal
80% Roditis, 20% Malagousia