KATOGI AVEROFF Inima Xinomavro 2016
A wine touched by bears! Katogi Averoff vineyards are situated in the brown-bear habitat in Metsovo, so it’s common for bears and their little cubs to visit the vineyards and enjoy grapes of their choice. Bright ruby red with hints of purple. Dominant aromas of red fruit and spice with hints of tomato, violet and liquorice. Smooth tannins, a complex structure and acidity that keeps this wine’s crisp freshness for years. An extraordinary wine with a remarkable aftertaste.
In Metsovo’s local Vlach dialect, ‘inima’ means ‘heart and soul’. This wine expresses the positive energy and enthusiasm of all who put their heart and soul into its production. Pre-fermentation maceration at 12–15°C for seven days. Fermentation for approximately 20 days at 30–32ºC. Then the young wine is transferred to 300 litre French Nevers-oak barrels for malolactic fermentation to take place. Here it sits on lees for a period of two months. Malolactic fermentation is followed by batonnage and further ageing for a minimum of ten months.