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Armakas 2014 - Aivalis Winery
Aivalis Winery

ARMAKAS 2014 - AIVALIS WINERY

  Greece / Nemea
€136.40
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Why do we love it?
Armakas Aivalis Winery is perhaps the most daring and absolutely collectible Greek wine from Nemea. Suffice it to say that its creator, Christos Aivalis, when he made it, he had in mind the legendary Penfolds Grange of Australia! Yes, we are talking very seriously and if you have tried it you know what we mean, if not, read below and you will understand.

Christos Aivalis has been looking for years to find the vineyard that will be dry, barren, full of armakas stones (the large stones on which the workers in the vineyard traditionally rested) and that will be clean from chemicals and fertilizers. And he found it, along with the name of the wine (Armakas). So he decided to plant Syrah, Merlot, and Malbec there. The acreage yields are below 300 kg per acre, as this guarantees the sublime concentration of Armakas. The grapes are harvested overripe and a small proportion of Agiorgitiko, from his top vineyards, is added to the blend. Long extraction and aging in French oak barrels for 40 months, compose a fine wine that in structure and style is reminiscent of the Italian Amarone! Finally, Armakas is bottled unfiltered, in only 300 bottles! Knowing from the first moment what he has created, Christos Aivalis did not hesitate to invite well-known sommeliers and wine critics to try it blindly. The tasting involved 2 giants of the world vineyard (Solaia Antinori and Brunello di Montalcino Rennina Gaja) to compete blindly (we should inform you that it was a tie).

For Armakas Aivalis Winery, words are cheap, as they cannot describe its greatness.

COLOR

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Tastes Like
It has deep ruby color and impressive nose that is gradually unfolding. Plum, tobacco, vanilla, pepper, black cherry, berry jam, cinnamon, cocoa, and cedar dominate, while notes of cassis, nutmeg, coffee, dried figs, and chocolate make gradually their appearance. In the mouth, it is rich and exuberant. Body, tannins, alcohol, acidity, all at high levels. The fruits on the palate are riper and in dried form. At the same time, the intense spicy character of the barrel is mixed with sweet notes of caramel, licorice and chocolate.
Technical stuff
Color Red
Type Dry
Year 2014
Alcohol 15%
Origin Nemea
Variety Syrah, Agiorgitiko, Merlot, Malbec
Aromas Plum, tobacco, vanilla, pepper, black cherry, berry jam, cinnamon, cocoa, cedar, cassis, nutmeg, coffee, dried figs, chocolate.
Bottle Size 750ml
Barrique 40 months
Serving temperature 18ºC
Aging 10+ years
Closure Cork
Organic No

ARMAKAS 2014 - AIVALIS WINERY

PAIR IT

with wild boar with spicy or mushroom sauce, smoked cheese, or beef steaks on the grill.

Beef stew with red wine

  • 1 kg of boneless beef cut into bits
  • 4 tbsps. flour
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil
  • 1 cup of dry red wine
  • 1 cube beef broth
  • 1/2 tsp. dry thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pack of small fresh mushrooms, whole
  • baby carrots
  • salt
  • pepper

 

 

Wipe the meat with kitchen paper to absorb excess moisture. Stir in a bowl 3 tablespoons of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, paprika and pepper and sprinkle the meat with the flour mixture.

Sautee the meat in hot olive oil in moderate to strong heat, stirring frequently,  for 4-6 minutes or until it acquires a golden brown color. Remove the meat from the pot. Add the red wine, stirring well to incorporate with the meat residues from the bottom of the pot.

Put the meat back in the pot and add the broth, thyme, bay leaf, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Once it starts boiling, cover the pot, lower the heat in half and allow the meat to cook for about an hour, stirring occasionally. You can accompany your meat with wild rice.

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