Greek mixed case
Greek mixed case
A mixed case containing either 3 bottles or 6 bottles each of:
Atma Red, Thymiopoulos Vineyards, Naoussa, Greece 2017
Despite Xinomavro’s reputation as a tannic variety, this wine is anything but a brute. In fact, it’s soft and succulent and remarkably fresh with bramble and red fruit aromas aplenty on both the nose and palate. The Xinomavro grapes are dried outside for 3 days, which softens and concentrates the flavours and, as a result, the wine has a depth and complexity that you rarely find in an everyday red. Apostolos told us that he puts his wines through a slow and gentle maceration to tame the grape’s rustic side, leaving just a pinch of structural tannins (suggesting it has time on its side) while coaxing out plenty of wonderful juicy and playful flavours. Imagine a juice blend of strawberries and blackberries picked straight from the bush and given piquancy by a squeeze of pomegranate overlaid by flowers and sweet spices from the Xinomavro and white pepper from the Mandilaria. This is a fresh, succulent and characterful wine that just doesn’t know how good it is. 13% alc. Unoaked. Drink now-2022.
Assyrtiko 'Voila', Lyrarakis, Crete, Greece 2018
Although Assyrtiko is more famously associated with the sparse, lava-strewn landscape of Santorini, where the wines take the concept of ‘minerality’ to the extreme, it also does well in the high-altitude vineyards on the eastern side of Crete. This little gem is grown in the ‘Voila' vineyard in gravel over limestone soils at 580m above sea level, an altitude which tempers the island’s warm climate (conferring warm days and the all-important cool nights) and gives just the right conditions for achieving the grape’s most aromatic expression. This is one of those lovely, crunchy white wines bursting with lemon, grapefruit and white-fleshed fruits, the acidity is just enough to make your gums shiver politely in anticipation, and there’s a lingering taste of the island – a dusty, chalky quality, as if you were driving up a rocky/gravel track through a lemon grove. It’s a deliciously zippy and distinctive white that can be enjoyed as an aperitif or with food (something simple like grilled fish with lemon and herbs would be ideal). 13.5% alc. Drink now-2021.
JancisRobinson.com (Julia Harding): “Restrained herbal and lemony nose, full and dense, firm in the mouth and it becomes drier and more chalky on the finish. Excellent concentration without heaviness. Spice and a sour-salty freshness, impressive persistence. Not quite as extraordinary as the best Assyrtikos from Santorini but concentrated, dry and with a long stony aftertaste. Shows how good this variety can be elsewhere in Greece. The best vintage of this wine I have tasted so far.” 17 points