Apostolos Thymiopoluos, 31 years old, is without a doubt the rising star of Naoussa. His vines, cultivated according to biodynamic farming methods at an altitude of 180 m in the southern sector of the appellation, are blessed with a goodly amount of sunshine. The terrain is comprised of Naoussa’s most geologically complex soils, made of lime-rich marlstone, schist and granite. Thymiopolous focuses on expressing the freshness of the grapes and giving each vintage a unique signature. He shuns filtering and extraction and his wines are aged in vats and barrels the old-fashioned way.
Strong mineral, black stone, blood orange and ironstone, red currants, white pepper and more. The palate is dense, terracotta like, firmly tannic with some tart acid. This offers a bigger and more robust expression of the variety compared to the young vines and certainly offers the ability to age. Thymiopolous Earth and Sky is pretty delicious at the moment though.
These intriguing still dry red wines, aged for two years minimum, are noted for their bright pale to deep red colour, high acidity, strong tannins and complex aromatic character. The place of origin and most important growing area of the indigenous Xinomavro grape is north-western Greece, in the mono-varietal appellations of Naoussa and Amynteo. With a multitude of terroirs and elevations combined with Xinomavro’s ability to speak of where it is from, means there is a vast array of styles to be found.
The Protected Designation of Origin Naoussa (PDO Naoussa), reflecting the lush and varied vineyards of Naoussa, takes its name from the eponymous city, though several other communes are encompassed in the appellation. The wines of PDO Naoussa are 100% Xinomavro by law, and always red. In general, they are sturdy, tannic wines in youth and capable of long ageing. They are the most full-bodied of the Xinomavro appellations and offer a dazzling display of aromatic complexity, spanning the spectrum of the variety’s aromatic potential.