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.
Dyo Elies is a blend of the native Xinomavro with Syrah and Merlot. Each variety is planted in a terroir that best suits its needs and each year individual blocks are chosen to go into their premier red wine. Kir Yianni says of the 2010 harvest “A year that was rather peculiar, full of changes, filled with hope and despair, with beneficial rains in spring and hot days in summer and rainy again by the end of the harvest! Patience, close monitoring of the vineyard and careful selection on the vine and then in the winery were the main features of a vintage that started out with the best of omens, developed as a moderate year in terms of quality, but, overall, a very promising and full of surprises one. Rating:***” And of the wine itself “A wine with an intense red color, Dyo Elies 2010 displays pronounced aromas of strawberry, cherry and black pepper on the nose, combined with notes of vanilla and tobacco from oak aging. On the palate, the rich aromatic character balances with the lip-smacking acidity and the soft tannins, which are the signature trait of the 2010 vintage. The long finish, leaving red fruit and black pepper flavors in the mouth, underpins the charming and complex character of a wine that is ready to drink now, while it can still benefit from long bottle aging.”
Xinomavro – The most distinguished variety of Northern Greece mostly famously in the Macedonian PDO Naoussa. These wines are dense with silky mouthfeel, big tannins and good acidity. In fact the name means “Acid Black”. These wines have a lot of layers and age well. Often compared to Nebbiolo from Italy it tastes of red fruits, olives, spice and dried tomatoes.
Imathia PGI – Imathia includes the Naoussa PDO highly celebrated for its dry red Xinomavro. But modern winemaking and blending with international varieties means that an additional appellation was required to acknowledge the quality of these new wines.
Macedonia – The Northern most 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.