Greek whites and reds are currently experiencing a seismic revolution in quality, style and precision viticulture in a similar way that South Africa did in the late noughties during the Swartland Revolution. Led by a bold and worldly group of Greek young gun winemakers, the quality of wines being produced today is almost unrecognizable compared to what went before. The Diamantakis Winery, founded in 2007, is located southwest of the city of Heraklion, outside the village of Kato Assites in the centre of the island of Crete where the region has a very long history of vine cultivation for the production of wines and spirits. This eclectic expression will leave you spellbound by its classical styling and its impressive quality.
Bottle size: 750 ml,
In The Cellar
The winery was founded in 2008 by the family members of Nikolaos G. Diamantakis: Ioannis, Michael and Zacharias. It is a modern and quality wine production plant in Crete. The construction began in 2006 and ended in 2008. The winery is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, offering a great view to the visitors. It consists of two buildings. In the main building which is the production wine area houses the main and necessary equipment such as stainless steel tanks, pneumatic presses, automated cooling system, crushers, bottling system and French and American oak barrels. The second building houses the distillery and additional equipment.
In The Vineyard
The private vineyard extends over 37 acres. However, it is not uniform. The 6 acres are around the winery, some of which are arranged in terraces. The remaining acres are scattered in 30 different areas of Heraklion. At an altitude of 400 meters. eastern foothills of Psiloritis, next to the winery, the vineyard produces Mandilaria, Malvasia, Vidiano, Syrah and Chardonnay while at an altitude of 600 meters, the Assyrtiko variety is planted. The climate is characterized typical Mediterranean that means dry and hot summers, many autumn rainfall, mild winters, rare snowfalls and fairly high humidity. The location of the vineyards are such as to “feel” the winds of the Aegean Sea. The soil is mainly calcium-clay, argil-clay and limestone. Overall, the region is of a great diversity and unique texture that favors cultivation of varieties either local or international.
The Prinos Syrah 2020 is a thoroughly enticing expression that shows expressive perfumed aromatics of earthy violets, pressed rose petals, burnt wood embers, cured meats, black currant jam, sweet black peppercorns, kalamata olives and freshly smoked cigars. While the nose of this wine is very much a Southern Rhone lookalike, the palate is incredibly cool climate and lithe in appearance with a restrained stony minerality and a delightfully fresh vein of translucent acidity that that invigorates the wine in the mouth. This is a fabulous, high-class expression of Syrah that draws on all the very finest features of this seductive, savoury grape variety to deliver a wine packed with soft fleshy black fruits, mineral tannins and a long, juicy, velvety mouthfeel.