Bin #005: Xinomavro 2017
Release date: May 2020
Region: Naoussa, Greece
Story: This is one of the most exciting releases under our Bin Series label to date: a very special xinomavro from Greek winemaking master Apostolos Thymiopoulos.
Metaphorically speaking, Apostolos has wine running through his veins: he inherited vineyards from his father, who previously grew grapes to sell. However, Apostolos saw the potential in these plots of vineyard, in the rolling hills of Naoussa in northern Greece, and so decided to stop selling the fruit in favour of capturing and bottling this potential.
He is now recognised as a master of Greece’s xinomavro grape, putting both the grape and the Naoussa region on the map and gaining a strong cult following globally. It’s easy to see why. Many Wine Society members are followers of the wines of Thymiopoulos and his Jeunes Vignes is in fact the most highly rated wine on our website by members. No mean feat for something hailing a long way from the beaten track! His xinomavro from Rapsani has attracted the attention of the likes of Decanter and many critics worldwide, so it is a pleasure to be able to offer members this exclusive new wine.
Apostolos has always been excellent as spotting unloved vineyards in northern Greece and liberating them, giving a new lease of life to what are often incredible old vines. Bin #005 is sourced exclusively from a new site which got Apostolos very excited, in the small Greek village of Fytia. As soon as we heard about this new wine, we knew it would be a perfect addition to this range. And our excellent relationship with Apostolos, who was very keen for our members to be able to enjoy this wine, he offered it to us at a fraction of the price it was destined to be.
Fuller-bodied than a pinot noir, lighter than a Barolo, and yet with similarities to both, this is a unique wine bursting with personality. You could be forgiven for thinking it had been produced by one of the great winemakers of Burgundy while on a holiday to northern Greece! This is a real diamond of a wine and one that should not be missed. We urge you, as always, to get in quickly: this is a very small parcel and is limited to 12 bottles per member.
Grape: Xinomavro 100%
Ageing vessel: French oak barrel
Residual Sugar: 2.7g/l
Vineyard altitude: 400-600 metres
Soil type: Schist and granite
Winemaker: Apostolos Thymiopoulos
Buyer: Freddy Bulmer