Vintage Report 2019

Weather conditions during vegetative cycle

The year began with a cold winter while March started with quite warm temperatures resulted in an early bud burst followed by a delay in their full development due to the cool and rainy April. Flowering was also delayed due to the abundant rainfall and cool temperature of May. Weather conditions followed the same pattern till mid-July resulted in increased pressure of  mildew and downy mildew, as well as vine vigor and productivity. For the same reasons veraison appeared a week later than usually
 (end of July, beginning of August). 

August and September were rather dry months and the day/night temperature was beneficial for the maturity process of all our varieties and especially for our late maturing Xinomavro.    Malagouzia was harvested in the end of August while Assyrtiko in early September, a week earlier that last year’s harvest.  Harvest for red varieties began mid-September and Mavrodaphne was the first one to go. Harvest was completed in the end of September when the last bunch of xinomavro was cut.

Highlights of the Vintage

Favorable temperature for vegetative growth alongside the intense rainfall led to high vine vigor and productivity forcing us to apply more summer pruning, and two green harvest passages (mid veraison, end of veraison). The dry and relative cool August 
and September led to a great both alcoholic and  phenolic maturity for each grape variety while maintaining good levels of acidity and preserving their aromatic compounds. Red varieties (xinomavro, mavrodaphne and negkoska) had a more intense color compared to 2018 vintage.

Haroula White: This year we changed the blend and instead of athiri we blended white xinomavro. That change, introduced some acidity and volume. As a result, we have a wine with high acidity, medium to medium+ body, balanced mouthfeel and more intense aroma than the previous blend. More straight forward yellow fruits like lemon 
alongside herbs like rosemary with a good balance and a medium aftertaste.

Haroula Red:-Intense red/purple color with an aromatic profile of red berries, cherries and various small red fruits. Medium acidity followed by a medium body with silky tannins and a velvet mouthfeel. Medium to medium+ aftertaste.

Naoussa 2019: A typical cherry color of medium intensity with a complex aromatic profile of cherries and cranberries followed by tiny hints of tomato and sage. High acidity in balance with the soft tannins contributed to a full bodied wine with a long aftertaste.