This pocket-sized estate is now in its third generation, but has only sold its own label for ten years. Young Giorgios Diamantakos is well-trained and ambitious and offers what are arguably the most dramatic wines we offer from this region. Total production averages 1000 cases!
It is a given that Xinomavro evokes Nebbiolo more than anything, but Giorgios’ wine reminds us unavoidably of Côte Rôtie. A heady blend of peppers, olives and Syrah spice evoke the Mistral rather than zephyrs. But then those reassuring tannins in the tail remind us of where we are, while the relatively sumptuous fruit suggests a potential for generosity that not all Naoussa offers in its youth. Those of you who remember fondly the great Uranos of Thimiopoulos will find a kinship here.
There is not much white wine grown in Naoussa, but the best is made from this local variety and none is better than this one. Faintly reminiscent of Viognier, this is a substantial, round and imposing white, with a succulent nose and pleasing floweriness. It effortlessly sucks up the oak in which it was made. A true original which every connoisseur should get to know.