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Winemaker's Note

Deep red in color, on the nose the wine shows a lush character composed of smoky, caramel and vanilla notes emerging over a background of ripe red fruits and chocolate. The palate is full, showing volume, a rich structure and a lipsmacking freshness that creates a lingering, spicy finish.


Syrah 60%, Merlot 30%, Xinomavro 10%




12-15 years


16 months in 225 lt French and American oak casks – further ageing in bottle for another six months.


Selected blocks (#19, #32, #23 & #15) of the Naoussa vineyards at Kir-Yianni Estate

Food Pairing

Pairs ideally with roasted lamb, veal in tomato sauce, red-meat game, grilled pork, meat pies and dishes intense in flavor and rich in texture.

Analytical Data

Alcohol:  14.5% abv
pH:  3.5
Titratable acidity:  5.7 g/L
Volatile acidity:  0.65 g/L
Residual sugar:  2.8 g/L
Phenolic index:  n/a
Color intensity:  n/a
Free/Total sulfites:  n/a

The Kir-Yianni Estate vineyards in the PDO Naoussa zone are located at an altitude of 120-280 m on the Eastern foothills of Mt Vermio. The appellation’s microclimate is marked by abundant precipitation during the winter and spring and moderate drought during the summer. The site spans over rolling hills with medium to high slopes and panoramic exposure. Its soil type is a mixed limestone ranging from clay to loam and sandy loam. Due to this diversity and complexity of the site the vineyards are established in 42 separate blocks, each one with its own particular characteristics and viticultural practices. At the heart of the Estate three soil types and varieties meet: Syrah thrives on the lowpH sandy loam of block#19, Merlot on the loamy limestone of block #32, and the indigenous Xinomavro shows its best on the clay limestone of block #15. All three blocks share moderate slopes facing southeast, while row orientation ranges from Northeast to East. A double vertical shoot positioning trellis and a generous vine spacing of 3,500-4,000 per hectare are in place for optimal vigor & canopy management. The resulting yield is 60 hectoliters per hectare.