Vaimaki Family "Popolka Dry White" Xinomavro Blanc de Noir 2018Regular price $24.00 Save $-24.00
DIRECT PRESS SELECTION | June, 2021
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In the area around Amyndeo, Macedonia, Xinomavro is known as "Popolka." Xinomavro is often referred to as the King of Greek grapes. I like to think of it as falling somewhere on the spectrum between Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir for its high acidity and pronounced tannic structure. It is known as a wine with long term aging potential. Vasilis Vaimakis makes an unexpected rendition of the grape, pressing it off the skins right away into a white wine, similar to the way that Pinot Noir is made into Blanc de Noir Champagne. The juice was fermented with wild yeasts and aged for 5 months on its lees in stainless steel, bottled with no added sulfites.
The finished wines completed malolactic transformation in the bottle, naturally infusing the wine with some bubbles. Yeasty, high-toned and refreshing. Think semi-sparkling grapefruit juice, with a touch of honey and pizza dough. [Kirk Sutherland, May 2021]