Vaimaki Family - Popolka RED 2018 750ml (13.2% ABV)

Vaimaki Family - Popolka RED 2018 750ml (13.2% ABV)

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The elderly around Amyndeo still call it “Popolka”, the actual name of Xinomavro before the 70’s. A natural, zero-zero red Xinomavro, from its birthplace in the lake terroir of Amyndeo, from the master of the kind, Vasilis Vaimakis.

  • Grower: Vaimaki Family
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Grapes: Xinomavro 100%
  • Viticulture: Organic (non-certified)
  • Vinification: From organically farmed Xinomavro grapes, fermented by their native yeast with some temperature control in stainless steel, a few days of maceration, and raised for another 5 months in stainless and 12 more in neutral barriques, before bottled unfiltered, unfined, unsulfured (zero additives).
  • Notes: Brick red with intense pomegranate, cherries and leather notes on the nose and hints of hay, with a surprisingly clean light to medium bodied palate with ripe cherries, bright acidity and playful tannins.

Viticulture

  • Organic (non-certified)
  • Climate: Dominated by the lake Vegoritis, with cold Winter, mild Summer.
  • Soil: Sandy clay over limestone, with excellent drainage
  • Vine age: 32 years old
  • Altitude: 650m
  • Slope: 8% (southeast facing)
  • Planting density: 6,000 shoots / ha
  • Yield: 1.5kg / plant
  • Irrigation: Drip in case of drought
  • Spraying: Organic treatment of mildew in the Spring
  • Harvesting: Manually in 25kg crates

Vinification

  • Maceration: 10 days in stainless steel
  • Fermentation: With native yeast (wild fermentation) with temperature control at 25 Celsius, in stainless steel, for 1 month
  • Press: None
  • Malolactic: Full (completed naturally)
  • Maturation: 5 months on its lees in stainless steel, 12 months in neutral oak barriques
  • Clarification: None (natural)
  • Filtration: None
  • Production: 5,000 lt
  • Acidity: 6.30 gr/l
  • RS: 1.50 gr/l
  • Total sulfites: 3ppm
  • Certification: No Sulfites Added