This year was truly late and exceptional, with unusual temperatures and rainfall distribution. It was demanding for the winemakers, as the conditions favoured fungal diseases. However, with a lot of hard work and constant vigilance, we were rewarded with high-quality grapes.
The winter was mild, with temperatures not dropping significantly for the season, no snow, and only a few rainfalls. The exception was the first ten days of February when the temperature reached freezing point.
Spring saw relatively low temperatures for the season, averaging around 13.5°C, leading to a delay of approximately 12 days in bud break (around March 20th). There were many rainfalls during this period, promoting plant growth but also diseases, which required immediate intervention when necessary.
In May, temperatures gradually returned to normal for the season, but flowering was delayed by about 10 days compared to the usual period (around May 20th). The summer experienced generally normal temperatures for the season, without extreme weather phenomena, except for a ten-day period in mid-July. There were a few rainfalls in mid-June and mid-August, beneficial for the smooth ripening of grapes (veraison: July 26th).
This year's harvest proceeded smoothly without problems. The temperatures were normal for the season, aiding in the ideal ripening of the grapes. Chardonnay was harvested on August 21st, followed by Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and Merlot. Malagousia was harvested next (until September 7th, before the September rainfall) followed by Syrah and in mid-September, the Greek red varieties (Limnio, Mavroudi, Mavrotragano) and Assyrtiko. The harvest was completed in late September with Xinomavro.
The quantities of white wines increased slightly by about 10% due to new plantations, while reds remained the same. The estate's white wines and rosé are full-bodied and rich in primary aromas, whereas the reds show exceptional phenolic ripening, concentration in varietal aromas, and exceptional structure.