2018 Thymiopoulos Rapsani Terra Petra

Thymiopoulos |Thessaly |Xinomavro
A refined and elegant wine from Macedonia, definitely bucking the trend and showing Xinomavro's softer side. Opa!

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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.

Elegant aromatic character of fresh black fruits with hints of floral and herbal notes. On the palate is complex and balanced between the mouthfeel and the refreshing level of acidity. The tannic structure is robust, yet silky and round. The aftertaste is long and complex.

92 Points - "Apostolos Thymiopoulos is one of the leading winemaking talents in Greece, and a master of the exciting Xinomavro grape. This is different in character to some of the Naoussa Xinomavro wines, as 50% of the blend is other native red varieties. It has a gorgeous nose of soft sweet red berry fruit and the distinctive sundried tomato note you often find in wines from this grape. Made in a slightly aromatic, Burgundian style, with 15 months in 500-litre oak barrels, it's smooth and supple with some leathery evolution." Amy Wislocki

17 Points - "Very gentle (some whole bunch for the Xinomavro) and welcoming with an appealing mix of sweetness, tannin and acid and real personality. Balsamic notes with some evolution. I’d defy any wine lover not to be intrigued by the beautifully integrated, persistent, throat-warming wine. Not at all heavy but nuanced and it introduced new facets of itself throughout the tasting experience. 17.5/ 20" - Jancis Robinson

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