The winery of Apostolos Thymiopoulos is situated in North West Greece in the Naoussa appellation, in the little village of Trilofos where the annual mean temperature is the same as in Bordeaux. Thymiopoulos is still in his mid-thirties, but is widely acclaimed as one of Greece’s finest winemakers. On his small farm/winery he practices bio-dynamic viticulture, even using a flock of guinea fowl to control the locusts. He prunes very sparingly, if at all, letting the vines determine their own balance.
‘Jeunes Vignes’ is tank fermented, then 30% stays in oak for 3 months. It has spicy strawberry aromas, typical of the Xinomavro grape. The palate has much more spice blended with red fruits and a lovely astringency, which gives it great balance. He is the first producer that has managed to tame the rather harsh tannins of the Xinomavro, and this wine has been compared to a characterful Pinot Noir. The main characteristic of Xinomavro is its intense red berry fruits nose, combined with its tannic structure. Apostolos feels that many wines became too tannic as a result of over irrigation. Xinomavro has all the 5 components of umami; sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savoury.
The 2010 vintage was in Jancis Robinsons Top Red Wines for Christmas 2011. Apostolos Thymiopoulos has been described in Dorling & Kindersley “Wine Opus” as Greece’s Rising Star. Food match: Good with just a few meze, pasta, chicken and roast meats.
- Dry Red wine
- Variety: Xinomavro
- Origin: Trilofo, NW Greece
- Alcohol content 13.5%vol
- Net content 750ml