EMPHASIS Assyrtiko 2018

While winemaking in Drama dates back to antiquity, the region did not emerge onto the modern winemaking scene until the 1980s. Ktima Pavlidis was created in 1998 with 160 acres of estate vineyards planted with a mix of international and indigenous Greek varietals.

About the Vineyard

The two estate vineyards of Ktima Pavlidis are Kokkinogia (AKA “red soil” in Greek) and Perichora. The Kokkinogia Vineyard possesses red clay soils and a Northwest exposure, which provides protection from the harsh summer sun. The poor fertility and limited soil depth, together with high planting density and a long growing season, ensures that the grapes develop full, mature structure and excellent varietal character. The Perichora Vineyard is located on the foothills of Menoikio Mountain with a North-facing slope, at an altitude of 900-1,500ft. This area is considerably cooler, with mountain breezes providing a refreshing relief to the grapes, allowing them to develop slowly and with a well-balanced acidity.

Wine Production

The grapes are hand-harvested at night, in order to take advantage of the cooler temperature and preserve the varietals’ aromatics and natural acidity. The grapes are destremmed and lightly crushed, followed by a cool maceration. The wine is fermented in INOX stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged on the lees for 6 months prior to bottling, which imparts a rich texture to balance the naturally high acidity.

Tasting Notes

Bright, green-yellow in color, this wine opens with lovely aromas of white flowers, citrus fruit and lemon peel, with a hint of minerality. The palate has a rich texture from the extended period on the lees, highlighting flavors of citrus, stone and chalk. A classic example of Assyrtiko, this wine has an extremely high natural acidity, with a long and refreshing finish.

Food Pairing

An ideal pairing for fish and fresh Mediterranean salads, as well as pasta with pesto sauce and a wide selection of cheese.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Kokkinogia & Perichora Vineyards
Vineyard size
160 acres acres
Soil composition
Terra rossa and marly limestone
Average Vine Age
15-20 years
Exposure
Northern / Northwestern
Bottles produced of this wine
5,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Assyrtiko
Prefermentation Technique
Cold maceration
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Type of aging container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of aging before bottling
6 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14 %
pH level
3.2
Residual sugar
2.1 g/L
Acidity
5.5 g/L

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