Mavro Kalavrytino Natur, Tetramythos

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Mavro Kalavrytino Natur, 2019, Tetramythos

Fresh red fruits with a smoky, earthiness that takes you through a forest in the late summer

Region: Peloponnese, Greece
Grape(s): Black Kalavrytino
Genre: Organic
Low Sulphur: Yes
Tasting Notes: Cherry, strawberry, smoky, earthy, supple

Panagiotis Papagiannopoulos is one of the leading lights in Greek wine making. He is the winemaker at Tetramythos, an estate owned by brothers Aristides and Stathis Spanos, which is organically farmed and using mostly local grape varieties. It is situated near Ana Diakopto, overlooking the Gulf of Corinth, and this warm and wild place is moderated by the cooling Mediterranean breezes, the northerly facing aspect of the slopes and the fact that their vineyards are planted between 650 and 1050m above sea level. This creates wines that are ripe but balanced well with acidity. Their ‘natur’ line is wines that are bottled with very little, if any, added SO2, and these are pure and true expensive of this unique terroir and its indigenous grapes.

100% Mavro (‘Black’) Kalavrytino from 35+ year old bush vines, planted on clay on north facing slopes 850m above sea level. Hand-picked grapes are crushed and then fermented for two weeks on the skins before pressing. Aged for 5 months in 5000 litre old oak, it is bottled without fining, filtration and with minimal sulphur. Light in colour and full of red cherry and strawberry, it is made more complex with notes of liquorice, smoke and an earthiness that brings power to this refreshing red. Supple tannins, nice acidity – stick it in the fridge for half an hour first.