Wine Methymnaeos, Chidiriotiko Red, Lesvos PGI, 2016
Reviews of purchase Methymnaeos, Chidiriotiko Red, Lesvos PGI, 2016
The wine is light red in color with a brick tint.
In a juicy, refreshing taste of the wine, noticeable tannins accompany the rich tones of red fruits and berries, forming a persistent aftertaste with mineral notes.
The fresh aroma of the wine is replete with notes of red fruits, wild berries and dried rose petals, framed by nuances of leather and spices.
The wine will harmoniously complement lamb, pizza, dishes made from shellfish and crustaceans, as well as chocolate and chocolate desserts.
Methymnaeos, Chidiriotiko Red is a dry red wine created from the rare Greek autochthonous red variety Hidiriotiko, which grows on volcanic soils near the village of Khidira on the island of Lesvos. Methymneo is one of the names of the ancient Greek god Dionysus, the patron saint of winemaking. The grapes are grown organically and harvested by hand as the berries reach optimum ripeness. After combing and passing through a press, the wort is kept in contact with the skin for 5 days, after which a two-week alcoholic fermentation starts at a controlled temperature. Before bottling, the wine is aged for 4 months in French oak barrels.
In the early 1980s, the Lambrou family discovered the last remaining vines of old grapes on Lesvos near the forgotten village of Hidira. The Hidioritiko grape, named after the village, was transplanted in 1985 to a family plot located in the crater of an extinct volcano. The lava of this volcano once created the famous Petrified Forest of Lesvos.
In 1997, the construction of the Methymnaeos winery was completed in Khidir . The first bottles of Methymnaeos Organic Wine from the 1997 harvest left the winery's production line in 1999. It was the first bottled wine in the history of the island.
Today, Ioannis Lambrou, the son of the family, processes his own grapes at the Methymnaeos winery and the grapes of other local growers, who, following the example of the Lambrou family, decided to replant and reclaim Hidiriotiko.