I’d defy any wine lover not to be intrigued by the beautifully integrated, persistent, throat-warming wine.
About the Wine
If ever there was an underappreciated, misunderstood and overlooked wine producing country, it's Greece. Some of the wines coming from this country in the last decade have been utterly spellbinding.
This is a great case in point. Made from 50% Xinomavro and 50% from other native grape varieties, namely Krassato and Stavroto. Normally, people will say that XInomavro is Greece's answer to Nebbiolo. This time, it's a reply to Pinot Noir.
It's soft and red fruited, with leathery tannins and a great balance, no doubt due to over a year maturing in 500L oak. There's an an earthy savouriness and exotic spice, too, making this beautifully fragrant and food friendly. Have it with game birds, gigantes plaki or some hard cheese.
Apostolos Thymiopoulos is one of the key wine producers in the region of Naoussa, north central Greece, biodynamically cultivating fascinating wines, predominantly from the thick skinned red grape Xinomavro (he makes ten different versions!)
His family has been tending wines in and around the village of Trifolos for generations. Since his first release under the Thymiopoulos label in 2005 he has farmed biodynamically and made wines traditional - unfined, unflitered aged in vats and barrels.