Xinomavro ‘Ramnista’, Kir-Yianni
100% Xinomavro . The vineyards used for Ramnista have an overall southeast exposure at an altitude of 280-330 m although it’s sourced from blocks of different mesoclimates with varying exposure, orientation, slope, soil type, rootstock, vine density and age, demanding tailor-made viticultural practices for each vineyard block. Vine density ranges from 3,500 to 4,000 per hectare and the average crop yield is maintained below 2.5 kg per vine. For “Ramnista” grapes mostly from the vineyard blocks in the lower pH range and with lighter soil types are used to maximize the aromatic intensity and complexity. The grapes are handpicked and sorted on a conveyor belt before crush. There is a six–day pre-fermentation cold soak. Roughly one third of the wine ferments in open-top tanks with pigeage. 18 months in 225-lt and 500-lt French and American oak casks plus further ageing in bottle for another 6 months.