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Natural Red 2016 - Anatolikos Vineyards
Anatolikos Vineyards

NATURAL RED 2016 - ANATOLIKOS VINEYARDS

  Greece / Xanthi
€38.10
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A truly unique red wine!

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Why do we love it?

Natural Red 2016 of the Anatolikos Vineyards is the wine that definitely stole the show at the Fine Red Wines Show this weekend. If you were there you know. In its first appearance, Nikolaidis' natural red wine was the one that made big names blush.

Let's take the things from the beginning.

Mavroudi of Thrace (60%) and Limnio (40%) are organically cultivated in the absolutely dry privately owned vineyard on the sandy hills with the granite soil of the Hirodassos area in Avdira, Xanthi. Extremely difficult conditions cause plants to have a minimum yield per hectare and a unique concentration of their fruit juices. The harvest was done by hand at the end of September and here is where the interesting part starts. If you know the brothers Nikolaidis you know that experimentation is in their blood. For the long fermentation of the blend (60-40) no barrel or even a tank was used. Clay amphorae hosted the grapes during fermentation and maturation. It goes without saying that the fermentation was done with wild, indigenous yeasts and the pressing of the grapes was done by hand. The very few precious juice remained in the amphora with the grape mac for another 270 days. There was absolutely no addition of sulphite at any stage of the process. Without any treatment, it was bottled unfiltered and remained in the bottle until the demanding brothers decided it was ready. And now it is.

It is still very young. If you are patient enough for 3-4 yeards, it is almost certain it will evolve into one of the "finest" Greek wines of your collection. Can you wait?

The bottles are very few, a little more than 1.000, as the winemaking method used has great waist.

It was resented for the first time in the Fine Red Wines show. If you did not manage to go, just ask those who went.

COLOR

RED

AROMA

VERY FRUITY

BODY

FULL

ACIDITY

HIGH

Tastes Like

Deep purple color in the glass.

Nose of moderate (+) aromatic intensity that betrays its vinification: fresh soil, wet leaves and truffle. Behind them dense, impermeable red and black fruit, such as cherry, raspberry, plum, blueberry complemented by marjoram, lavender, coffee, cocoa powder and thyme.

Medium (+) volume body with amazing concentration, sharp acidity and moderate (+) but silky tannins. Fresh sour cherry, cranberry, cherry, plum pair with melted couverture, tea leaves, espresso and gooseberry. With the second sip, ginger and cinnamon add extra sophistication points to the impressive set. The aftertaste is simply endless.

Technical stuff
Color Red
Type Dry
Year 2016
Alcohol 14 %
Origin Avdera, Xanthi
Variety Mavroudi, Limnio
Aromas fresh soil, wet leaves, truffle, sour cherry, raspberry, plum, marjoram, lavender, coffee, cocoa powder, thyme
Bottle Size 750ml
Barrique -
Serving temperature 17°C
Aging 10 years
Closure Cork
Organic Yes

NATURAL RED 2016 - ANATOLIKOS VINEYARDS

PAIR IT

Pair with meat in red sauce, bbq dishes or hunts.

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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