Just 2.1 hectares planted with Xinomavro Greek red grape variety, about 12,000 bottles of Naoussa PDO, a wine producer that speaks up his mind in a unique way that is irresistible not to like, synthesize the basic elements of Karydas Estate in the sub-region of Gastra, Naoussa.
At 205 meters altitude, on calcareous soils, a “hip” Naoussa is being produced
Petros Karydas and his father Konstantinos, a warm hearted person, diligently work in the vineyard and the results of their excellent job is an exquisite raw material coming out from yields of less than 50 hl /ha. The average aged 32 years old vines are amphitheatrically planted across one of the most beautiful winemaking slopes of our country overlooking Strantza subregion and Mantemi of Diamantakos Estate. A serene natural beauty, an escape from the stressful reality of our daily lives.
Karydas Naoussa has a high tannic structure with great concentration of fruit
So here at 205 meters altitude and on sandy and calcareous soils a really “hip” Naoussa is being produced, to the extent that Petros Karidas has lost his peace of mind trying to address the demand from the wine lovers. The style of Karydas Naoussa is more traditional on the nose and on the palate has a high tannic structure with great concentration of fruit, making it capable to age for more than a decade. Taste the 2011 and you will see!
Recently we tasted 4 vintages in a mini- vertical tasting organized during the events of “Naoussa- the City of Wine 2014″.
Evolved nose with hints of meat, thyme and olive along polished and stylish tannins. Elegant, slightly funky wine that is drinking nicely now. 90
Round and supple on the palate with moderate intensity, lacking mid-palate concentration. Just starting to fall developing oxidative aromatics. Still nose is intense, captivating and very traditional. 87
Since 2005 Petros Karydas applied pre-fermentation cold soak to enhance color and flavor. Fairly deep color and a complex nose offering tobacco, red fruit, spices, and nuances of oak. More modern than the 2004 vintage but still holding the traditional character, balancing somewhere in between. Robust tannins and a long finish that cries out for more ageing. 91-92
Naoussa 2011 (current vintage)
Another great effort with deep fruit on the nose bringing together fresh red fruit, spices with hints of sun-dried tomatoes while oak is still vivid. On the palate the tannins are strongly present but supported by vigorous fruit. At its best after five years. Gorgeous wine! 92