Archive for August 2011

Harvest Update 2011: Xinomavro on the way!

August 31, 2011

Above: Viticulturist Dr. Dimitris Taskos (right) inspects a Xinomavro vineyard on the foothills of mount Vermio. The follow dispatch was filed today by Boutari’s Naoussa enologist Vasilis Georgiou.

Harvest has just begun in Naoussa with the arrival of some white varieties (mainly Chardonnay). The Xinomavro grapes are scheduled to be harvested in late September and the vineyards are being inspected to assess the quality of this year’s grapes. It is still early to estimate the outcome of this year in terms of quality for Xinomavro but the first inspections of the vineyards are showing excellent results.

Above: Xinomavro grapes ripening on the vine.

Santorini is Wine Spectator Daily Pick

August 30, 2011

Harvest report from Santorini

August 29, 2011

Above: A Boutari grape harvester in the vineyards. The following dispatch was filed by Santorini enologist Ioanna Vamvakouri (not pictured) today, August 29.

From August 24-26, we completed the harvest in the Megalochori zone and started harvesting in Pirgos.

On August 26, we also harvested are own vineyard in Selladia.

On August 27, we began harvesting the Aidani and by tonight (August 29) we will have completed the pressing of white grapes.

Yesterday we started sun-drying the grapes for the Vinsanto.

Domaine Matsa Harvest update

August 27, 2011

Above: The heart and soul of the domaine, Roxani Matsa. The following dispatch was filed yesterday by domaine enologist Alexandros Tzachristas.

Harvest at the historical organic Matsa Estate began on August 16 with Sauvignon Blanc followed by Malagouzia. Harvest began about 10 days later than the average harvest dates of the last years. The passion and dedication of the domaine’s owner Roxani Matsa along with the technical knowledge of the rest of us (agronomist Paraskevas Evageliou, agronomist and enologist Alexandros Tzachristas, and enologist Dina Makra) lead to a very high quality and hygenic state of the grapes despite of the difficulties caused by the climatic conditions of this year.

Above: Malagouzia on a ride.

After the harvest, the grapes cool down in a dual-use cold chamber (cold chamber at harvest, and barrel aging for the rest of the year). Next, they are driven on an amazing gravity roller conveyor for prefermentative maceration covered by inert gasses. After 20 years of vinifying Malagouzia, at this point we are still experimenting on the different maturation levels of the terroirs of Malagouzia, their fermentation kinetics and their tasting characteristics. Our goal, as the ancient Greeks said, is to become better as the time passes.

Coming up next is the harvest of the intriguing Asyrtiko and Aromatic Roditis followed by the second year of pioneering experimentation on vinifying the domaine’s Syrah without sulfites… Stay tuned…

Naoussa is Robert Parker’s “wine of the day”…

August 25, 2011

Harvest Update from Santorini

August 23, 2011

The following dispatch was filed today by Boutari’s Santorini enologist Ioanna Vamvakouri.

We harvested the Athiri on August 12-13 and the harvest of Assyrtiko began on August 14 and is still in progress.

The grapes are cooled overnight at 10-12 C. The next day the grapes are sorted and about 20% of the higher quality fruit is macerated in the press for 1 to 3 hours and then is pressed. The remaining 80% is pressed without maceration.

Most of Athiri comes from our own vineyard in Selladia and the rest of it from the Akrotiri and Megalochori zones.

From August 14-18, we harvested the Assyrtiko in the vineyards of Akrotiri zone and from August 19-23 we proceeded to Megalochori.

This year grapes are of high quality without any disease. Vine moths are rare and are contained only in some parts of the vineyards. Total acidity of the grape is as usual high.

Aromas of the must still in fermentation are that of litchi, pear and white peach.

Harvest has begun on Santorini!

August 17, 2011

We are thrilled to post these photos, which arrived this morning, of harvest on Santorini. They were sent by Boutari’s Santorini enologist Ioanna Vamvakouri (see below).

Those are Athiri grapes above. And Aidani grapes below.

Ioanna will be sending us updates as harvest progresses. So stay tuned for more images and information.

Ioanna is one of three women winemakers who work for Boutari. She studied enology at the Bordeaux School of Enology and is one of a family of women winemakers who live and work on the island of Santorini.

Stay tuned!

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