Apostolos Thymiopoulos, one of Greece’s most exciting young winemakers, is considered an absolute expert on Xinomavro and Naoussa, the region the grape is indigenous of. He has pioneered biodynamic viticulture and winemaking in the region and his wines are unique examples of the elegance and purity that Xinomavro can deliver.
While the fruit of his older, mature vines (some of which date back to the beginning of the 20th century) is used for the production of his flagship red Earth & Sky, the grapes hailing from his younger plots (18-20 years old, itself not that young at all considering general winemaking commercial standards) provide the material for his Rosé and this Jeunes Vignes.
Making the most of youthful aromas and of Xinomavro’s trademark acidity, Apostolos has managed to create a young, approachable wine that is simultaneously playful and refined, easy-drinking and complex.
If you want a perfect introduction to Xinomavro and to the work of Apostolos Thymiopoulos this is the place to start. It is an absolute bargain for the quality, complexity and pleasure it delivers. Provides a transparent expression of Xinomavro, without oak influence, that has been compared to a fresh and elegant Pinot Noir.
What’s in the glass: Bright, pure and lively Xinomavro with delicious aromas of strawberry, sour cherry, tomato leaf and olive tapenade. The palate is vibrant, lifted by a pleasant acidity and grippy but very elegant tannins. Don’t forget to serve slightly chilled.
Producer: Domaine Thymiopoulos
Grape Variety: Xinomavro
Region/Appellation: Trilofo, Naoussa PDO, NW Greece
Alcohol content: 13% ABV
Current vintage: 2020
Ideal serving temperature: 13ºC
Drinking window: It will keep well for another year or two. But why would you save this delicious wine!?
Pairs perfectly with: Salads, braised tuna, beef ragù. Or simply with pizza!