This is fabulous. It’s made by Apostolos Thymiopoulos for Marks & Spencer from biodynamically managed vineyards, and it’s a wonderfully approachable, drinkable example of the lovely Xinomavro grape variety, one of Greece’s most interesting.
Think of Xinomavro as the Nebbiolo of Italy. That’s the sort of flavour profile you get, albeit with slightly less intense tannic structure. This wine, I suspect, is very similar to the Thymiopoulos young vines cuvee that The Wine Society stock. The M&S website doesn’t yet have this vintage on its pages, but it is in store.
Thymiopoulos Xinomavro 2012 Trilofos, Naoussa, Greece
13.5% alcohol. Lovely cherry and herb nose is very fine with beguiling red fruits, herbs and liqourice. The palate shows red cherries, plums, spice, leather and herbs, with sweet fruit combining with a strongly savoury dimension. Lovely wine. 91/100 (£10.50 Marks & Spencer)