Domaine Nerantzi Serres Assyrtiko 2020 Organic
Domaine Nerantzi is a new and exciting organic producer near the border of Macedonia and Thrace in northern Greece. Nerantzi Mitropoulos is an earnest, imposing and gregarious personality whose made it his life’s mission to uncover indigenous varieties lost to the world at large and bring them back to the fore. He believes in a kind of locavore approach to wine making, whether it be the use of long‐lost indigenous varieties, spontaneous yeast fermentation propagated via the native yeasts from their vineyards, or even the use of local, Balkan oak for their cooperage. Their main desire is to have their wines express what is unique to their region and share it with the world.
The soils of the domaine, which lie at an elevation of 300 meters in the foothills of Mount Menoikio, are of moderately calcareous sandy loam. But the real marvel is what is hidden within the soil: layer upon layer of ancient pottery is strewn on the hilltop where the vineyards are planted. One could say that part of the terroir of this domaine is the patrimonial history of Greece itself, as millennium of overlapping culture and history comprise what the vines dip their roots in and draw nutrients from.
Winemaker: Evanthia Mitropoulou
Farmed organically, the vines produced a small, concentrated crop, which are then vinified in stainless steel with minimal sulfur. The result is zesty and invigorating, with bright acidity and a salinity that keeps the pear flavors compellingly juicy. Those flavors broaden with time in the glass, developing a subtle richness that makes this very easy to drink.
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