The wine Axia Red 2006 received the Gold Metal in the Internationally Competition AWC Vienna and the Silver Metal in the International Competitions Decanter World Wine Awards and International Wine and Spirits Competition.
Variety Composition: Xinomavro 60%, Syrah 40%.
Location: "Petres" ("Rocks") and "Dromos" ("Road") sub-region. Amyndeon plateau.
Vineyard: 69ha of Linear, privately owned vineyard situated at an altitude of 620-710 m.
Soil: Sandy - sandy clay soil of excellent drainage.
Climate: Semi continental with important precipitations, many snowfalls during winters. Fresh, rather dry summers, with cool nights. Year long Northwestern winds. Absence of spring frost.
Harvest: Manual harvesting in small picking boxes.
Xinomavro: October 7th 2006.
Syrah: September 29th 2006.
Yield: 6.800 kg / ha, for the 2006 harvest, post to green harvest & selection.
Density of Plantation: 3.900 shoots / ha.
Vinification Method: Destemming, no crushing, cold soak - skin contact, alcoholic fermentation at gradual increase temperatures, maintenance of wine ''sur lie'' for seven months with regular stirring.
Ageing: Nine months in Allie oak casks (50%) medium to light toast and Missouri extra fine grain (50%) and fifteen months in bottle.
Analytical Data: Alcohol: 14% vol., Total acidity: 6,2 g/l., Residual sugar: 2,9 g/l., pH: 3,42.
Tasting Characteristics: Splendid, purple red color. Complex, typical bouquet of spices (vanilla, pepper, clove), with hints of ripe blackberry. Full mouth, with vanilla aroma, rounded tannins, balanced acidity and wood tones. Long aftertaste with intense quince aroma.
Agronomist-Viticulture Experts: Dr Stefanos Koundouras.
Vine Grower: Makis Mavridis.
Wine Maker: Angelos Iatridis.