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Retsina Amphorae, Tetramythos NV

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Crisp, zesty retsina from Greece with aromas of toasted citrus, green apples and touches of pine, thyme and spearmint on the finish. Tangy and dry, this intriguing wine would naturally work beautifully alongside some dolmades (stuffed vine-leaves), plates of salty fish, feta and olives. Tetramythos are bringing this ancient wine bang up to date without sacrificing tried and trusted methods. Fermentation still takes place in open-top clay amphorae where the resin creates an oily film on top of the wine protecting it from oxidation. What’s equally amazing about Tetramythos’ retsina is that it could also be described as a single-vineyard wine, the resin being sourced from pine trees found in the same vineyard as the roditis grapes.
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Code: GR2741

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2024
  • 13% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, diam
  • Organic

Tetramythos

On the slopes of Mount Helmos, a popular ski resort near Patras in the Peloponnese, you will find the vineyards of Tetramythos. As you would expect in an area where Greeks go to ski, the vines are planted at altitude, on 14 hectares of limestone soil between 450 and 1,000 metres above sea level, beside olive and almond groves. At these elevations and with the help of breezes drifting in from the Gulf of Corinth the heat of the Mediterranean sun is somewhat mitigated and freshness can be retained in the grapes and consequently the wines.

Viticulture here is organic and owners Aristos and Stathis Spanos and Panayiotis Papagiannopoulos have equipped the winery with all mod cons since it was completed in 2004. They met in 1999 when the brothers Spanos had a desire to make wine and serendipitously met winemaker Panayiotis and established Tetramythos together.

Greek varieties such as mavro kalavryta, malagousia, agiorgitiko and roditis rub shoulders with cabernet sauvignon, merlot and sauvignon blanc, allowing them to make interesting blends as well as single-varietal bottlings. They also make, and have done much to restore the reputation of, Retsina wines gently flavoured with resin. These wines are much debased in the hands of others but here a delicacy is achieved that will surprise and delight many wine lovers.

The retsina is made in traditional clay pitharia (amphorae) specially imported from Crete which is an illustration of the attention to detail that puts Tetramythos...
On the slopes of Mount Helmos, a popular ski resort near Patras in the Peloponnese, you will find the vineyards of Tetramythos. As you would expect in an area where Greeks go to ski, the vines are planted at altitude, on 14 hectares of limestone soil between 450 and 1,000 metres above sea level, beside olive and almond groves. At these elevations and with the help of breezes drifting in from the Gulf of Corinth the heat of the Mediterranean sun is somewhat mitigated and freshness can be retained in the grapes and consequently the wines.

Viticulture here is organic and owners Aristos and Stathis Spanos and Panayiotis Papagiannopoulos have equipped the winery with all mod cons since it was completed in 2004. They met in 1999 when the brothers Spanos had a desire to make wine and serendipitously met winemaker Panayiotis and established Tetramythos together.

Greek varieties such as mavro kalavryta, malagousia, agiorgitiko and roditis rub shoulders with cabernet sauvignon, merlot and sauvignon blanc, allowing them to make interesting blends as well as single-varietal bottlings. They also make, and have done much to restore the reputation of, Retsina wines gently flavoured with resin. These wines are much debased in the hands of others but here a delicacy is achieved that will surprise and delight many wine lovers.

The retsina is made in traditional clay pitharia (amphorae) specially imported from Crete which is an illustration of the attention to detail that puts Tetramythos among the best producers in Greece.
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This is really unusual - a modern example of Retsina which is a wine flavoured with pine resin. It has an earthy, wood-smoke and pine edge to the light citrus fruit. There's a good acidity, and a lovely...
This is really unusual - a modern example of Retsina which is a wine flavoured with pine resin. It has an earthy, wood-smoke and pine edge to the light citrus fruit. There's a good acidity, and a lovely bright citrus fruit, but also some mineral detail and then a whack of pine, wet clay and damp earth.
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