Nikolaou Estate Nemea - Organic Dry Red Wine
14 Months OAK
Varietal composition : Dry Red Wine from 100% Agiorgitiko BIO grapes.
Characteristics : Dark-colored with reddish brown hues and ripe red and dark fruits bouquets. Well-rounded tannins, balanced acidity, thick, yet smooth texture with a vanilla aftertaste harmonically combined with spice, cinnamon and wood bouquets. It continues to mature for a further 10 years after its production.
Serving : At a temperature of 18°C after 1 hour decanting.
Food combination : Dishes and recipes based on red meat, roasted dishes, game and matured yellow cheeses.
Alcoholic strength : 13% to 14% depending on the year.
Origin : Protected Designation of Origin. The grapes are organically grown in the private 1h vineyards of Nikolaou family at the area of Koutsi, with an average vine age of 15 years. The slope of the selected vineyard parcels is 10%, with a southwest orientation and a yield of approximately 650 kg per acre. No pesticides and fertilizers are used other than Bordeaux mixture, Sulphur and organic mulch (organic compost).
Production : Hand harvest takes place late September once the grapes reach the desired level of phenolic and alcoholic maturity. The alcoholic fermentation with indigenous yeasts takes place in stainless steel controlled temperature tanks for 15 days at 26oC. In keeping with the principles of organic farming, after the malolactic fermentation we only add the bare minimum necessary quantity of Sulphur dioxide.
Maturation : The wine goes through the process of oxidative aging in French medium-toasted oak barrels for at least 14 months. The next step is to bottle and store the wine in the cellar of the winery for 12 months. The philosophy of the winery is to maintain the characteristic identity and balance of Agiorgitiko wine as regards both its aroma and its taste.
Medals : PAR Gold medal Ktima Nikolaou 2013
Reviews : MW Derek Smedley Ktima Nikolaou 2013 /90points
Tasted in the winery A & C Greece October 2017
Black cherry is very much to the fore the palate bright with a mix of bilberry and sloe. The tannins are firm but feel ripe the fruit at the back is quite sweet and there is a rich mix of black fruits on the finish.