Sublime Xinomavro from the iconic Dalamara. Greece’s answer to Barolo? Wonderful rusticity and real character here.
Wine: DALAMARA Naoussa 2018
Region/Country: Naoussa, Greece
Production Method: Organic viticulture. The wines are produced with minimal SO2 and aged in mature French oak cask.
Style: Flesh and fruit driven with a very savoury backbone. The tannin profile is rippling rather than super drying and really complements the body.
Pairing Suggestion: Roasted or grilled meats. Vegetarian/Mediterranean cuisine.
The Dalamaras family have been making wine and distilling spirts in Naoussa since 1840. Sixth-generation Kostis Dalamaras took over in 2010. The 6 hectares of vineyard are farmed organically, planted mostly with Xinomavro, and here in the Paliokalias vineyard (pictured), at about 240-300 m elevation in the foothills of Mount Vermio, the oldest vines are 85 years old, summers are warm and dry with plenty of sunshine, winters are mild. (Julia Harding)