Kir-Yianni Amyndeon Assyrtiko is a surprisingly mild Assyrtiko. It has mineral, talc, olive notes. But not being from Santorini, it doesn’t have the aggressively dry, briney characters. Soft mouthfeel and therefore very drinkable. Kir-Yianni Amyndeon Assyrtiko is best young and fresh. Kir-Yianni Amyndeon Assyrtiko will pair with baked fish and olives.
Kir-Yianni Amyndeon Assyrtiko 2019, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
The Kir-Yianni company was founded in 1997 by Yiannis Boutaris. Based in Naoussa and Amyndeon, on both sides of mount Vermion in Northwestern Greece. With vineyards in Naoussa and Amyndeon planted to native and international varieties, they have scope to make some truly amazing wines. Their best is by far the Xinomavro based reds.
Kir-Yianni Amyndeon Assyrtiko 2019 Winery Notes
“On the nose the wine displays aromas of white fruits and flowers. On the palate, the citrus acidity balances with the alcohol and the round mouthfeel of the wine and finishes with a lingering aftertaste. An Assyrtiko wine with an intense character produced from young vines growing on the mountainous vineyards of Amyndeon.“
The vine growing zone of the PDO Amyndeon is located in the southeastern part of the Florina. Τhe plateau of Amyndeon, lies between the two lakes metaphorically embraced by the mountains Vermion, Vitsi, and Voras. PDO Amyndeon zone, officially recognized in 1972. But is one of the most important wine-growing regions of Greece, where the viticulture dates back to antiquity.
The dominant variety of the vineyards in Santorini. Assyrtiko is an indigenous variety. Grown since antiquity and is in complete harmony with the harsh conditions of the island. Mineral, briney at first with pronounced acidity. Once you get past the initial shock, the flavours evolve and become quite charming. It is certainly enhanced with a complementary food pairing.
The Northernmost part of Greece that survived war, phylloxera and emigration to now be thriving. PDO Naoussa makes possibly the best wines in Greece from Xinomavro. The whites of Epanomi PGI and Sparkling wines of Amyntaio PDO and Florina PGI are worth a mention too.
For most people, the reputation of Greek wine precedes and possibly prevents the tasting of any of the product. I’m here to tell you that if you’re not drinking Greek wine you are missing out. But if you don’t know where to start I’ve made this Introduction to Greek Wine.
The good stuff, and there is some undeniably world class wine available, is equal in quality with anything that you see in France, Spain, Germany, Italy. You’ll find an astounding diversity of styles too.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.
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