Akrathos means "near Athos" and one can, indeed, see that 2033 metre high holy mountain from its vineyards. We're in Halkidiki in central Macedonia here where the climate is very much maritime, with the sea's influence moderating summer torridity.
Akrathos' organic vineyards were planted around 2011 and major on the white Assyrtiko, plus red varieties in the form of Agiorgitiko and Xinomavro. They also grow a little Malagousia, newly planted and not yet commercialised. Vineyards soils (shallow sandy loam with slate subsoil) are full of minerals and vines are planted at altitude (550-700m) meaning that the Assyrtiko here is the last to be picked in Greece. This is a brand new winery and this is their first commercialised vintage. Watch this space for more exciting wines in the near future!
Case of 12 Bottles
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Just deep: a translucent ruby purple, very pretty to look at. The nose has a distinct cocoa nuance to the pure, pretty black plum fruit that is adorned with the merest hint of something floral. There’s also a note like dried herbs: sage perhaps. A cool and mid-weight palate is structured from quite far forward. Tannic structure is upright, assertive and suggest that this would be best served with food. And there’s piquant freshness to the end: acidic lift that combines with the tannin to clean it all up. Not a big thing, but a rather more serious thing than many an Agiorgitiko…
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