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).
Oenops Xinomavro Naoussa 2016 - No Added Sulphites - August 2018 Decanter review
Nikos Karatzas is the face behind Oenops. He studied in Bordeaux then became chief winemaker at Pavlidis winery, before setting up his own project in 2015. He is a member of the new generation of Greek winemakers who are immensely proud of Greece's terroirs and indigenous varieties.
He works from an old pie factory just outside Drama in Eastern Macedonia, which he has filled with concrete tanks, some stainless steel, some oak and some amphoras. Now his own boss, he adores and embraces having the freedom to experiment. His eyes shine with excitement about what he will be able to create in the future. His recent bottlings include this unsulphured Xinomavro from Naoussa, fermented partly in steel, oak and amphora.
The Xinomavro ‘no sulfites’ 2016 comes entirely from Amyndeo (north west of Naouossa) where the climate, influenced by lake Vergoritida is a little warmer than the rest of Naoussa. It was fermented and aged exclusively in small Spanish and Italian amphoras before bottling in June 2018.
The nose is impressive with rose, violet, cherries and crushed pepper in abundance. The mouth is still quite restrained and the tannins will soften with further ageing.
This wine is made without added sulphites.