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Bursting with fruit that is brought out from the carbonic maceration process, most famously used to make Beaujolais Nouveaux, this is a real eye-opener to the rare Negoska variety, that is usually blended with Xinomavro to produce the PDO Goumenissa wine.
Type: Dry Red
Varietal Composition: 100% Negoska
Region: Linear layout of organic farming in Fyliria (Goumenissa wine region), Northern Greece
Soil: Medium-textured clayey-sandy
Winemaking: Very careful selection of whole bunches of Negoska grapes that undergo 10 days carbonic maceration. They are then carefully pressed and spontaneous fermentation takes place in stainless steel tank with no additions. On lees for 6 months. Unfined and unfiltered, with a small amount of sulfites (40mg/L total sulfites).
Tasting Characteristics: Lively red color with an intense nose of dried strawberry, red fruits, spices, some green notes and balsamic. Good acidity and discreet tanins.
TA: 4.80 g/L
Free SO2: 15ppm
Total SO2: 32ppm
Today the vineyard of Domaine Chatzivariti consists of 120 acres . Emphasizing the quality of the grapes , soil fertility and environmental protection organic farming was chosen. Chatzivaritis Estate focuses on the Greek varieties of Xinomavro, Negoska, Roditis and Assyrtico, and also cultures the popular Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in smaller areas.
In 1994 the first 50 acres vineyard in Bindabla area (light-textured sandy loaw soil) were planted. Expansion of the vineyard was inevitable and it was done gradually in the area of Filyria (medium –textured sandy clay soil). Today the vineyard of Domaine Chatzivariti consists of 120 acres . Emphasizing the quality of the grapes , soil fertility and environmental protection organic farming was chosen .
Local storytelling says that the indigenous Greek varieties of the Xinomavro and the Negroska from which the P.D.O. Goumenissa Chatzivaritis is produced, was the wine of choice of Philip, the King of Macedonia, father of Alexander the Great. Further to this, legend also has it that great quantities of wine from the region were transferred during the 1st World War to France because it was so exquisite.
As the Vangelis Chatzivaritis says on the above: "Our story is far less grandiose. But it is a story made out of long summer Mediterranean-style family gatherings, endless late night discussions intoxicated by the love for winemaking and a wine that speaks for itself."