Name: Dyo Elies 2007
Dry red wine / Vin de Pays d'Imathia (Naoussa, Greece)
Origin: Selected blocks (#19, 23 & 27) of the Naoussa vineyards at Kir-Yianni Estate
Syrah 60%, Merlot 30%, Xinomavro 10%
Cellaring: 14 months in 225lt French and American oak casks –further ageing in bottle for another six months
Ageing potential: 12-15 years
An extraordinary wine for fine culinary assortments
The Kir-Yianni Estate vineyards in AOC Naoussa are located at an altitude of 230-320m at the Eastern foothills of Mt. Vermio. The appellation's microclimate is marked by abundant precipitation during the winter & 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 33 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 low-pH sandy loam of block#19, Merlot on the loamy limestone of block #23, and the indigenous Xinomavro, shows its best on the clay limestone of block #27.
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.
The winemaking objective for "Dyo Elies" is to highlight the characteristics of each variety and then create a unique blend through their "wedding". Merlot offers the full body, Syrah adds the spice with a velvety aftertaste and last, but not least Xinomavro gives a twist with its complex bouquet and structure.
Harvest dates are different for each variety starting from the end of August for Merlot to the mid and end of September for Syrah and Xinomavro respectively. Grapes are hand-picked and manually selected on a sorting table prior to crush. For each variety and during the first week after crush the must is cold soaked at 11-12°C in a reductive environment.
Temperatures gradually rise for the fermentation to take place at 29-30°C for Merlot which is also heated after the end of fermentation for a few days. In contrast, the temperature for Syrah is maintained at 22-24°C throughout the fermentation and as soon as it is over the malolactic fermentation is initiated in new oak.
Xinomavro ferments at 22°C in open-top tanks without pump-overs to avoid the overheated tannin extraction that used to be very common in the local traditional wines. Instead, a monitored hydraulic pigeage allows an early and refined phenolic optimum leading to the removal of grape skins with a pneumatic wine press well before the end of fermentation.
Following fermentation the wines are aged separately in French and American oak casks of 225 Lt. About 25% of the barrels in the cellar are renewed each year.
Alcohol: 14.7 %
Volatile acidity: 0,80 g/L
Titrateable acidity: 6,0 g/L
Residual sugars: 3,3 g/L
The fully ripe 2006 vintage shows in the deep purple color of “Dyo Elies” and its round mouthful. Aromas are subtle under its moderate acidity, which accentuates the phenolic load without leaving an edgy aftertaste. Spice dominates in the bouquet with hints of plum, black olive, dark chocolate, and toffee.
Ready to drink now, but also worth keeping for further ageing.
Dyo Elies 2007 MUNDUS vini International Wine Awards
Dyo Elies 2007 INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRIT COMPETITION bronze Year: 2010
Dyo Elies 2006 Decanter World Wine Awards bronze Year:2009
Dyo Elies 2007 International Thessaloniki Wine Competition gold Year: 2010
Dyo Elies 2005 Berliner Wein Trophy silver Year: 2008
Dyo Elies 2005 International Thessaloniki Wine competition silver Year:2008
Dyo Elies 2005 Mundus Vini, Der Grosse Internationale Weinpreis silver Year:2008
Dyo Elies 2004 International Thessaloniki Wine Competition gold Year:2007
Dyo Elies 2004 Decanter World Wine Awards
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Note for Collectors:Kir-Yianni Dyo Elies label also has limited stock for magnums for the years: 2006,2005,2004