“Naoussaia” comes from Xinomavro grapes from three different vineyards that are mostly a sandy loam and limestone. It spends 4 weeks on the skins before pressing and going into barrel – French oak – for a year. Some liken the grape to Nebbiolo, which is fair, and the grape has firm but very fine tannins, not too much colour, and perfumed notes of tea, spice and sometimes tomato paste. This is a traditional style.
Georgia has raided the estate’s wine library to offer us a small selection of mature vintages. When I visited the Naoussa wine festival three years ago, some of her wines featured in a tasting of old vintages and all looked in wonderful shape with great complexity. Here is another reason why Xinomavro is sometimes compared with Nebbiolo; the great wines are capable of ageing for twenty years – and sometimes much longer.