In 1971, Naoussa was accorded PDO status (Protected Designation of Origin), the country’s first appellation. This red is made from 100% Xinomavro grown in a traditional vineyard area called Paliokalias (meaning “Old Watch Point”), 2.5 miles south-east of the town of Naoussa, at an altitude of 250-300 m. It is characterized by deep groundwater and the lower part of the youngest section of the vineyard is crossed by a small river with a stable water flow. The climate of this area features warm, dry summers and mild winters. For most of the day, the vines fully benefit from the sun.
The grapes are harvested mid-September. The only intervention that is done is the addition of a very small amount of sulfur dioxide. No added yeasts or enzymes, no filtration, no clarification etc. Extraction for 8 to 10 days in stainless steel tanks. Aged for 17 months in French oak barrels, 50% 300 liters and 50% 225 liters, 10% first use and 90% 2nd up to 5th use. Kostis Dalamara has been making the wine entirely since the 2011 vintage. Complex aromatic bouquet of tomato leaves, prune, black olive with hints of violet and tobacco. Light to medium body, medium to high acidity, very well structured tannins.
About the Producer
The Dalamára's family winery is located at the entrance of Naoussa, Central Macedonia, northern Greece. Its 5.7 hectare of vineyards are on the eastern foothills of the Vermio mountains. The owner, Kostis Dalamára, is continuing a tradition of five generations which began in 1840 when the family started to produce wine and tsipouro. He studied enology in Beaune and worked in Gevrey-Chambertin, Alsace, Roussillon and Catalonia. A new building has been constructed next to the traditional winery, with the tsipouro distillery, to house the winemaking facilities. The total production is 30,000 bottles.