Chatzivaritis Estate, 'Mi' Assyrtiko, PGI Slopes of Paiko, Macedonia, Greece 2018

Regular price £25.99

Chloe Chatzivariti continues her experimentation with a more "natural approach", giving a new impetus to the native wine scene, with the MiNiMus series. Mi is a unique 100% Assyrtiko, from the Filiria vineyard in Goumenissa.

Chatzivaritis Estate focuses on the Greek varieties of Xinomavro, Negoska, Roditis and Assyrtico, and also cultures the popular Sauvignon Blanc , Merlot , Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in smaller areas. In 1994 the first 50 acres vineyard in Bindabla area (light-textured sandy loaw soil) were planted. Expansion of the vineyard was inevitable and it was done gradually in the area of Filyria (medium –textured sandy clay soil).

Today the vineyard of Domaine Chatzivariti consists of 120 acres . Emphasizing the quality of the grapes , soil fertility and environmental protection organic farming was chosen .

Local storytelling says that the indigenous Greek varieties of the Xinomavro and the Negroska from which the P.D.O. Goumenissa Chatzivaritis is produced, was the wine of choice of Philip, the King of Macedonia, father of Alexander the Great. Further to this, legend also has it that great quantities of wine from the region were transferred during the 1st World War to France because it was so exquisite. As the Vangelis Chatzivaritis says on the above: "Our story is far less grandiose. But it is a story made out of long summer Mediterranean-style family gatherings, endless late night discussions intoxicated by the love for winemaking and a wine that speaks for itself."

Tasting Note: Pale yellow color with golden hints and a light turbidity. Aromas of stone fruits, quince, white flowers, green apple and honey. It is full bodied and fatty in the mouth, with good acidity and a long finish.

Critics: 91/100 Yiannis Karakasis MW

Assyrtiko 100%

ABV13%

Organic