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Domaine Karanika Extra Cuvée de Reserve, Xinomavro

The aromas are of a wine with long ageing on its lees. Lovely bready, yeasty aromas with hints of smoke and truffles set against a clean background. The wine is bone dry, but incredibly supple. Its elegance defies gravity. You could stick this mature flavour bomb of citrus, nuts and honey into a grand Champagne tasting, and you would be hard pressed to know it wasn’t an extremely good example of Premier Cru from the Montagne de Reims. Such subtlety and elegance. It still tastes young and whilst it could be drunk with pleasure now, it will carry on ageing gracefully for a decade!
As low as £37.50

Type: Sparkling White
Varietal Composition: Xinomavro 100%
Region: Amyntaion, Macedonia, Greece
Vinification: Whole bunches pressed . Only free run juice (45%). Temperature controlled fermentation at 18-22 degrees Celsius. No sulphur use, no chemical additives. 2 nd fermentation in bottle. Sur latte for 48 months. Released 3 months after degorgement.

Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans

Domaine Karanika, Amyndeon, Macedonia

Domaine Karanika was founded by Laurens M. Hartman-Karanika and his wife Annette van Kampen who left their lives in Holland to train as winemakers, oenologists, and vineyardists in Europe and the USA. However, it was their love for the amazing Xinomavro variety that led them to Amyndeo in northwest Greece. Domaine Karanika works in harmony with nature to produce top quality wines and their organic vineyards on the Amyndeon plateau are home to old Xinomavro vines (75-80 years old), as well as younger Assyrtiko, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Limniona vines. Karanika’s winemaking philosophy is one of minimal intervention in viticulture and vinification. The winery also works with nature not against it; using gravity and pigeage instead of pumping to transport the must and wines. They add only Montmorillonite clay to clarify the wine and use homeopathic sprays in the vineyard instead of pesticides in the vineyard. Karanika works according to Maria Thun’s biodynamic calendar both in the winery and vineyard, therefore the wines ‘breathe terroir’, are crystal clear, intensely aromatic, and have considerable length on the palate. Domaine Karanika have established themselves as the pre-eminent traditional-method sparkling wine producers of Greece and have gained considerable international recognition too.

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