Naoussa Greek Wine
Naoussa is Macedonia's best-known wine. The vineyards are sited on the slopes of the Vermio hills at a height of 492- 2,132 feet (150 to 650 metres). There are also Reserve and Grand Reserve quality Naoussa wines. These wines are generally cask-aged in French oak for two years. These are deeplycoloured red wines with a hint of brown and the nose often exhibits associations with sweet and overripe fruits or even dried fruit such as fig and prune. Oak only plays a modest role in the bouquet and taste, subtle and in the background without dominating.
These robust wines contain considerable tannin and need to be laid down for several years. You will then eventually be rewarded with an excellent wine that reaches the level of top French wines. Choose a wine from the houses of either Tsantali or Boutari. Drinking temperature is 62.6-64.4°F (17- 19°C) .
Côtes de Meliton Greek Wine
This nominated origin wine comes from the Chalkidiki peninsula, that lies in the sea like Poseidon's trident. Only two of the 'forks' of the peninsula grow wine. These are Sithonia in the centre and Athos to the east. The relatively recently planted vineyards of PortoCarras are to be found on the Sithonia arm of the peninsula.
These were established in the 1960s by a wealthy Greek shipowner. Many believe that the finest wines of Greece are produced here. Under the watchful eyes of French wine experts, including Prof. Emile Peynaud of Bordeaux, various French and Greek grape varieties were planted on slate and shale soils, such as Assyrtiko, Athiri, Rhoditis, and Sauvignon Blanc for white wines, and Limnio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Cinsault for red wines.
Now excellent white, rose, and red wines are successfully made using a balanced assembly of Greek and French grapes. The greatest wines are made here from vineyards with exceptionally low yields of 40 hectolitres per hectare for white wines and as low as 30 hectolitres per hectare for reds. Grape picking is still entirely done by hand.
The white wines are not cask aged but the better reds are. The Cotes de Meliton Blanc de Blancs (Athiri, Assyrtiko, and Rhoditis) is smooth, light, and dry with a subtle floral bouquet. Drinking temperature is 10-12°C (SO-S3.6°F). Cotes de Meliton Melissanthi (Athiri, Assyrtiko, and Sauvignon Blanc) is more fruity with hints of melon and apricot than the Blanc de Blancs. Drinking temperature is 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).
Cotes de Meliton Limnio (Limnio, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc) is aged in small casks for twelve months. This wine is a delightful ruby red and it is elegant, lithe, and has a hint of spice. Drinking temperature is 57.2-60.8°F (14-16°C) . Cotes de Meliton Chateau Carras (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Limnio) has a longer period of cask maturing in wood. It is a fullbodied and elegant red wine with hints of purple and a fine bouquet in which the time in the cask is reflected without dominating. There is a prolonged aftertaste. This wine can be happily left to mature for ten years. Drinking temperature is 60.8°F (16°C).
Cotes de Meliton Domaine Carras Grande Reserve (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Limnio) will have rested for at least three years in the cellars of their wine house. This wine too can be kept for ten years. The colour is somewhat more reddish brown than the Chateau Carras, with hints of terracotta.
The bouquet is fulsome and exceedingly pleasant, suggesting soft red and black fruit.
|The taste is very elegant and velvet smooth with a very prolonged aftertaste. Drinking temperature is 60.8-62.6°F (16-17°C). Porto-Carras also make a superb rose and two superlative modern wines, their white Malagousia and red Porphyrogenito.|