Kir-Yianni Kali Riza Amyndeon PDO Xinamavro 2017

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
PDO Amyndeon, 100% Xinomavro

The 2017 Kali Riza Xinomavro "Vielles Vignes" is a Xinomavaro aged for 12 months in used, mostly (90%) French oak. It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. Sourced from old vines (50+ years) in the Rasto sub-appellation of Amyndeon, this is rather soft and sweet for the grape on opening (although the sweetness is a touch of wood that dissipates), with good acidity. The soft impression does not last long, as it has some serious tannins. As powerful as this is, it shows less rusticity than some I've seen this issue. The balance just seems to work better. The mid-palate makes this seem delicate—or you could say it has finesse. The juicy finish propelled by the acidity makes it both lively and appealing. It needs a few years in the cellar to come around, perhaps more than indicated. It should age well thereafter, perhaps also more than indicated, but let's be a bit conservative, as always. This should reward you if you cellar it a few years. MARK SQUIRES,