Kamara ‘Pure Nimbus’
Xinomavro, Merlot, Syrah
Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki PGI, Greece
Xinomavro or black sour is a big grape with characteristics of the Nebbiolo variety. Dimitrios, after studying at the University of California Davis could see the potential of softening this powerful grape with Syrah and Merlot. Both Syrah and Merlot are vinified together, with Xinomavro being fermented by itself. Blended after ferment and aged in oak barrels for 12 months, leaving us with a big intense ruby wine, with flavours of blackberries, plum, cracked black pepper and a hint of spearmint.
Father and Daughter Team
What happens when an entire family is passionate about nature? They abandon city life and move to the countryside. This is the story of the Kioutsoukis family (Dimitrios, Eleftheria and their children). Dimitrios Kioutsoukis with his family assistance and inspiration planted 11 hectares of vines (mainly Greek grape varieties: Assyrtiko, Malagousia, Roditis, Xinomavro) in northern Greece near Thessaloniki, an area well known from ancient times for its wines.
Dimitrios, a chemical engineer with a degree from the University of California Davis in winemaking and his daughter Stavroula (agronomist-oenologist) carry on the family tradition. They are passionate about permaculture principles using more organic methods in viticulture and winemaking. Their main goal is to give birth to wines that are versatile,unique, and that express both their philosophy and the terroir.
Seeking the real taste of life they created Kamara pure, low intervention natural wines. All Kamara pure wines are naturally fermented with indigenous yeasts, have no oenological substances added and are bottled without filtration and no added sulfites.
"A delicious, full-flavoured wine with the Xinomavro tannins balanced very well by the Merlot and Syrah; masses of brooding dark fruits, a firm structure and ripe tannins on the long, lingering finish. We enjoyed ours with Nigel Slater’s pork burgers, but grilled or roast red meats would be ideal."
"Family run minimum-intervention estate in Thessaloniki, an emerging region in rugged Northern Greece with a more continental climate. This is 35% Xinomavro with Merlot and Syrah used to fill out the wine a little and pours a dark ruby red with a minty black fruit aroma, ripe soft blackberry fruits with structured peppery edges and lovely purity. No sulphur added but clean and characterful."
Dimitrios Kioutsoukis with his family assistance and inspiration planted 11 hectares of vines (mainly Greek varieties: Assyrtiko, Malagousia, Roditis, Xinomavro) in northern Greece near Thessaloniki, an area well known from ancient times for its wines.