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Idisma Drios XI 2017 - Wine Art Estate
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IDISMA DRIOS XI 2017 - WINE ART ESTATE

  Greece / Drama
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A wine that came to stay!

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Why do we love it?

Idisma Drios Xi 2016 Wine Art Estate was named the best wine out of the 661 tested at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in Thessaloniki and won the Great Gold medal. Of course, the wine was sold out almost before it was even released. Do not panic, we just received the 2017 vintage which, spoiler alert, is even better!

The Wine Art Estate started its course in 1993 by Giannis Papadopoulos who chose to invest in the small family vineyard in Mikrochori, Drama. Two years later he joined forces with Giannis Kalaitzidis and since then their common goal has been and still is to explore and highlight the dynamic of Drama’s terroir. Idisma Drios Xi was admittedly a very grandiose experiment since we are talking about one of the most powerful but at the same time demanding and difficult to handle Greek varieties. The experiments started in order to see how Xinomavro acclimatizes and expresses itself in the terroir of Drama. The wine fermented and matured in French oak barrels, 50% new, for 12 months. The result is rich and intense and manages to combine both the modern and the rustic school of Xinomavro in a single sip.

Idisma Drios Xi Wine Art Estate is not just an impressive wine but a wine that came to stay!

COLOR

RED

AROMA

MEDIUM

BODY

FULL

ACIDITY

MEDIUM

Tastes Like

Idisma Drios Xi Wine Art Estate has deep ruby color and impressive aromas of cherry, strawberry, dried cranberry, plum and sour cherry jam framed with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, tea and forest floor.

In the mouth it has a rich body, moderate (+) acidity and robust but ripe tannins. Juicy red and black fruits are mixed with earthy and spicy notes but also with hints of tomato and black olive.

Technical stuff
Color Red
Type Dry
Year 2017
Alcohol 14.5%
Origin Drama
Variety Xinomavro
Aromas cherry, strawberry, dried cranberry, plum, sour cherry jam, vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, tea, forest floor
Bottle Size 750ml
Barrique 12 months
Serving temperature 16°C
Aging 8 years
Closure Cork
Organic No

IDISMA DRIOS XI 2017 - WINE ART ESTATE

PAIR IT

Pairs very well with moussaka, soutzoukakia, orzo with beef cheeks and mushrooms

Beef stew with smoked eggplant cream

For the stew
700g beef for stew
2 onions
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon tomato paste
400 g concasse tomatoes
1 teaspoon of sugar
500 ml beef stock
1 cinnamon stick
4 berries of allspice
½ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon of fresh thyme
40 ml of extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
Salt

For smoked eggplant cream
3 eggplants (400 g eggplant puree)
30 g flour
50 g butter
350 ml. lukewarm milk
Nutmeg
Salt

For the smoked eggplant cream:

Pierce the eggplants with a fork and char them on an open fire or on the grill until soft. When ready, put them in a strainer and leave them until you prepare the bechamel.

In a heated saucepan, add the butter and once melted, add the flour by stirring constantly, until it gets a light brown color. Then add the milk and reduce the heat, while stirring until it thickens. At the same time, peel the eggplants, mush them with a fork and add them into the bechamel. Finally, add pepper, nutmeg and salt. Stir for about 2 minutes and remove from heat.

For the stew:

Chop the onions and garlic. In a large, deep frying pan, sautée the meat in olive oil, a few pieces at a time, to keep the oil temperature high. Once it is evenly browned add the onions and garlic.

Add the spices, tomato paste, sugar, salt, pepper and finally the tomatoes. Simmer for about 1 hour or until the meat has softened and the sauce has thickened.

Serve by placing the eggplant cream topped with the beef stew and the luscious sauce.

Recipe Notes:

- Beware, do not burn eggplants because they will acquire a strong, heavy taste
- We can use cream instead of milk for a richer taste
- Adjust the spices and their quantities according to your preference


 

Eva Monochari

Food Blogger

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