Aoton Retsina of Mesogia 2019
Retsina | Attica | Central Greece | 12% ABV | 750ml
Pale copper, light body. Herbs and floral nose. Distinct pallet, rosemary, tarragon, pine, lemon juice and lemon zest. Special!
Savatiano is the most cultivated white grape variety of Greece, the grape associated with the historic Attican vineyard and very closely with the unique Greek wine style of Retsina (wine flavoured with pine resin). Savatiano’s name derives from the Greek word Σάββατο which defines Saturday or the seventh day of the week and this in turns comes from the Hebrew word שבת or Shabbat. The word was adopted by the Greek populations of Orthodox faith and in variations by other Orthodox Christian populations in the early Byzantine times and it could be that the grape has a similarly long history. It is planted mostly in central Greece, though recently there are plantings also in Northern Greece and the Aegean islands. Other local names of the grape include Dombrena or Doumpraina Aspri, Tsoumprena, Perachoritis, Sakeiko and Kountoura Aspri.
So far it has been used as a staple grape, often in blends, though the grape has an interesting character of its own and can produce refreshing and sometimes substantial mono-varietal wines. The good body and acidity of the grape, though not extreme, together with its summer fruit flavours and distinct botanical notes are the building bricks of truly pleasant and overall food friendly wines. They range in style from fresh and unoaked to low intervention, skin contact and further on to oaked. Tasting and getting to know the grape is a must for anyone that considers a visit or even more a journey into Greek wine.
“Aoton” in ancient Greek defines the “finest specimen of its class” and represents a winery dedicated to the production of fine wines in the same location where three generations ago, the family winery “Patitiri” was the community’s local press of grapes from the surrounding vineyards. In the heart of Mesogeia, the middle landplane between Athens and the Eastern coast of Attica, in Spata, Sotiris Gkinis, a dedicated oenologist himself, has revived the 10-ha large family vineyard, which is producing low yield, high-quality fruit. His wines are made exclusively from the three local varieties: Savatiano, Roditis and Mandelaria and have become highly praised by the discerning palates.