Tatsis Sweet Botrytised 2012
Sweet | PGI Macedonia | Northern Greece | 13% ABV | 500ml
Organic | Biodynamic | Natural
Here we have a sweet wine from a 45-acre vineyard that had botrytis all that year. Result of only 2200lt of wine, intensely aromatic, with dried fruits, cinnamon and a mouth full of a nice dry carp.
This is the shining star of the Greek vineyard! An intriguing grape, that needs good care when growing and though it might be susceptible to wet weather in the vineyard, when healthy, harvested appropriately and treated with focus in the winery hits admirable heights of body and complexity. Moreover and thanks also to its tight tannins and high acidity, it is suitable for long ageing. If you are a cellar fanatic, there is no better Greek grape to invest your patience on. It is obvious from Xinomavro wines of 30 or more years of age available today, that the potential of slow transformation of flavours, increasing complexity and better integration with time is huge.
In view of these powerful taste elements that the grape exhibits, some winemakers choose to under express it, so the result is a more straightforward, approachable, yet appetising wine. In any form there is something truly unique about Xinomavro, a stark personality of a grape that can not be confused with any other. And with only four PDO regions growing the grape, the largest and most significant of which is undeniably Naoussa, there is a good incentive to explore the different versions of wine it can produce, either in mono-varietal forms or in blends with other local and often relating grapes. Herein lies indeed another strength of the grape, as the styles of wine Xinomavro can produce are truly diverse, from Pet-Nat to properly sparkling wines and from rose and light reds to bold reds, worth of long ageing and even botrytised sweet wines produced in special years. Xinomavro might not only be the most unforgettable of Greek grapes but also the most diverse!
Negoska is a dark-skinned variety grown predominantly in the northern regions of Greece. Originally from Naousa, Negoska has spread to the surrounding appellations of Macedonia and Goumenissa, where red wines must now contain at least 20 per cent of the variety.
The main purpose of Negoska is to complement the highly revered Xinomavro variety. Negoska’s rich, dark-fruit laden palate and earthy characters, comparatively low acid and soft tannins more than compensate for Xynomavro’s incredibly high acidity (Xynomavro literally means acid black) and slight colour deficiencies.