May, spring and delicious pink juice. Rosé season is here in all its glory.
Traditionally this wine is considered a somewhat fresh of the shelves wine, meant for immediate consumption and not for your cellar. It’s mostly a light and very drinkable wine, and often from Provence or Piemonte. But this year we’ll challenge this with a fantastic bottle from Greece. It has character, bold flavours, a brilliant colour and it can be enjoyed now, but will also cellar for years.
Winemaker Apostolos Thymiopoulos has risen as one of the great stars of the Greek wine scene. He and his family has been into farming and agriculture for generations, but Apostolos only made his first wines in 2005. He truly believes in sustainable viticulture and minimum intervention during the whole winemaking process. Apostolos applies this philosophy to produce ten different expressions of Xinomavro, a renowned variety of Northern Greece, trying to reveal every aspect of its potential.
This week we’re digging into his somewhat unknown rosé. And we’ll be bold and say that this is the coolest rosé you’ll drink this year.
Grapes for this rosé are sourced from several small vineyards in and around the village of Fytia, inland west of Athens. Elevation is between 450-650 meters and vineyards are cooled by both inland mountain winds and from the sea about 40km away. Grapes are macerated for 12 hours, then fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel tanks for 5 to 6 months. The wine is matured in used 500 litre barrels for 5 months.