Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2018 edition panel tasting of Greek reds (see blue link below).
Foundi Estate Naoussa 2011 - August 2018 Decanter review
Nikolaos Foundi began this small winery as a hobby in 1992. At this time he was the president of the Naoussa co-operative, which he founded in 1982. Nikolaos' family first planted vines here in the 1930s, shortly after the family’s resettlement here from Eastern Thrace as a result of the Balkan Wars. They now have 5 hectares, and produce six different wines including two red Naoussa wines from Xinomavro. The style here is old-fashioned, in the best sense of the word, and the wines are aged very slowly.
This red wine is produced exclusively from a single 1.5 acre vineyard situated in the Karaoutsa area of Nea Strantza in the heart of Naoussa wine-growing region. The vineyard lies at an altitude of 200 metres on sandy loam soil which is suitable for bringing out all the character of the Xinomavro variety.
The must undergoes intensive remontage to extract both colour and flavour from the grapes before fermentation begins. In total the wine then stays on its skins for around 4 weeks before racking into 225 litre barrels (30% are new French barrels from Demptos and Berthomieu). The wine is aged for one year in French oak and at least one more year in bottle, ensuring the full development of its rich bouquet.
This wine has a well-developed deep red colour. There is a rich bouquet of ripe red fruit, spices and wood. you will find that your mouth becomes full of tannins that develop nicely with a long aftertaste. The qualities of the wine are further developed while bottle-ageing.
It is best served at room temperature with roasted meats or meats with tomato-based sauces as well as mature cheeses.