87% Xinomavro, 13% Syrah
"The KIR-YIANNI company was founded in 1997 by Yiannis Boutaris. Based in Naoussa and Amyndeon, on both sides of mount Vermion in Northwestern Greece. At the time Yiannis Boutaris was one of the leading figures in the Greek wine industry, when he left the Boutari Wine Group, the premium family wine company that his grandfather established in 1879. Today, the Kir-Yianni team, under the direction of Stellios Boutaris, son of Yiannis builds on the core pillars of the company’s philosophy: innovation, respect to tradition and specialized knowledge on wine, from the vineyard to the final consumer. The activities of the Kir-Yianni Estate are entirely based on the principles of integrated farming.This practice was applied for the first time in 2004, with a certification by the Organization of certification and Supervision of Agricultural Products AGROCERT, and is still used today. The main aim is always the creation of wines of a special character: Rich but refined aromas, acidity to provide zest and ageing potential, perfect balance in the mouth and ease of combination with various dishes." Skurnik wines
What The Critics Say
94/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Mark Squires
"The 2016 Diaporos Block 5 (the new labels just say "single vineyard" not "Block 5") is mostly Xinomavro, with 13% Syrah blended in. It was aged for 18 months in new French oak and comes in at 13.9% alcohol. After tasting through a bunch of silky and tannic Xinomavros, I came to this blend. Of all the Xinomavro-based wines this issue, this would be my favorite. In its youth, it seems lusher, more expressive and less closed. The wide-open Syrah may have something to do with that, but this Block 5 is pretty special as well. This will have a more approachable feel than a lot of young Xinomavros (including Kir-Yianni's), but don't be confused—there's power underneath and plenty of aging ability. These are all just relative comments. There's enough depth this year, not the most ever, perhaps, but enough. Then, it might win extra points for finesse and balance. It is this wine's expressive fruit, beautiful finesse and long finish that are its most impressive features. You can try it now, if you must, but you'll just be wasting it if you do. It will become far better with a few years in the cellar." Drink 2021 - 2040
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