Communities: Adriani | Kali Vrysi | Platania | Katafyto
The cultivation of the vineyard follows the standards of the Integrated Crop Management System (Agro 2-1/2.2). In respecting the vineyard’s biodiversity, we achieve the qualitative development of the raw materials, while at the same time reducing our environmental footprint.
Winter 2020-2021 in the area of Drama started with high temperatures and drought. In January, when pruning started, there were low temperatures and a lot of rain, thus giving the necessary water supplies to the vineyards. March was also rainy with fairly low temperatures. This contributed to the normal development of the buds in early April. Particular attention was paid to the plant protection of the vineyards due to the sporadic rains that occurred in the following months. The work cycle was completed without any delay and this contributed to the correct and timely configuration of the vines. Weather conditions during flowering were colder than those on other years, but the production was ensured both qualitatively and quantitatively. Rainfalls during the period of May in the prefecture of Drama, did not affect the areas where the vineyards are located, so the critical stage of flowering was completed smoothly.
The usual rainfall of June and the water shortage of July did not affect the health of the grapes, while the ideal balance of leaf area and production capacity was achieved by conducting green harvest where necessary.
The prolonged high temperatures that occurred in late July and early August as well as an unexpected hail led to the acceleration of the harvest which finally started on August 12 and of course was entirely manual!
Weather during the rest of August and most of September was clear, which contributed to the development of a smooth harvest – which ended on October 7.
Qualitative – Quantitative Assessment
Due to climatic conditions, 2021 is a slightly late year for the standards of the Drama region, which favored the aromatic intensity, the freshness of the aromas and the acidity. The harvest started with Sauvignon Blanc in Adriani and continued with Chardonnay, Merlot, Semillon, Syrah and Assyrtiko.
Sauvignon Blanc from the mountainous vineyard of Katafyto (900m.) followed in late-September, and Malagousia was picked from the same area in early-October. The harvest was completed with Agiorgitiko and Cabernet Sauvignon in Kali Vrisi.
The quality is supported by our firm commitment to low yields, 800 to 1000 kilograms/acre for the white varieties and 600 to 800 kilograms/acre for the red varieties.
As a result, the white wines produced have quite an aromatic intensity with a good acidity and very good structure.
This year’s red wines are characterized by a fresh, fruity, aromatic potential, good color intensity, as well as good concentration. The ripe tannins combined with the wines’ structure create a very well-balanced result.
20-hectare privately owned vineyard of organic farming (DIO).
The year 2021, although it started with bad weather conditions, it had a smooth course with spring rains, which helped the growth of the buds without diseases. Summer passed without heavy rainfalls, with the temperature differences between day and night leaving their own mark in the formation of the final result, as the difference in the temperature between day and night reached 17 degrees Celsius, with the fruit uniquely capturing the low acreage yield and the special terroir of Lake Marathon.
The harvest started earlier than in 2020, more on similar dates as in 2019. Production-wise, Cabernet Sauvignon and Agiorgitiko were within the average for the decade, while Syrah was slightly lower, possibly affected by the heatwave and the wild animals that migrated due to forest fires in 2021.
Due to the drought and mild temperatures the harvest started on September 2, with the collection of grapes progressing smoothly and the raw material having normal sugars, quality tannins but also slightly higher acidity (due to the shock from the heatwaves).
Qualitative – Quantitative Assessment
Syrah is very fruity and extroverted, with velvety tannins, a higher acidity and more freshness than usual.
Agiorgitiko also yields intense fruit, while it is slightly more concentrated compared to other years, thus revealing the maximum of its potential.
Cabernet Sauvignon has a fresh character rich in tannins, which leaves promises of impressive results after passing through the barrels for further maturation.
In conclusion, wines with a very complex aromatic bouquet and remarkable acidity are expected. These elements, in combination with the qualitative tannins, make them very friendly on the table while at the same time giving them a very long lifespan.