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Ex’Arnon Red

Kidonitsa is one of the rare indigenous varieties of the Peloponnese. It is cultivated in the estate Zacharias vineyards and gives us a wine characterized by bright lemon color, with greenish highlights. The nose is dominated by the aromas of quince, pear, and bergamot. Aromas of chamomile and jasmine which perfectly frame the balanced mouth, with the refreshing acidity and citrus notes in the aftertaste.

Robert Parker: Bottled less than three months when tested, was aged for five months in used French oak and acacia, and it comes in at 13.5% alcohol. The winery says that this grape has been cultivated in Zacharias vineyards since the late ’90s, and they were the first who planted it in Nemea. This, despite its youth, doesn’t have a lot of energy, but it has a gentle, harmonious feel, with velvety texture and a tasty finish. Perfectly balanced, this has just enough stuffing to hold up to food, but it will be equally good (if not better) on its own. It doesn’t seem likely to be a wine that will reward much aging, so don’t hesitate to dive in while it is very young and fresh.

Category: Dry White Wine.
Classification: Protected Geographical Indication Peloponnese (PGI)
Varietal: Kidonitsa
Vineyard: Zacharias family estate vineyard, at Boulougoura hillsides, Nemea Valley.
Harvest Date: Late September.
Vinification: Cold maceration for 6 hours and barrel fermentation.
Ageing: Oak & Acacia barrels ageing for 5 months on its lees.
Residual Sugar: 2gr/lit
Serving Temperature: 45-48 °F.
Pairing: Grilled fish or chicken, savory stews, crispy salads
Production: 416 9-liter cases