This young winery was founded by a Dutch couple, Laurens Hartman and Annette van Kampen, both refugees from the business world. Cultivating just four hectares in the extreme north west of Greece, mostly at an elevation of 650 meters on slopes by Lake Vegoritis, they make their wines in a just-built gravity-flow winery. This area of Greece enjoys the coolest climate of any wine-growing district and is best known for the aristocratic Xinomavro grape, which plays a prominent role in their programme.
Laurens changes his blend every year depending on what seems best for the vintage, so we get the two key Northern grapes here in an unusually high wire assemblage. There is plenty of red fruit, but lots of room for the wine to grow.
Assyrtiko is so intimately associated with the unique characteristics of the island of Santorini that it requires a recalibration to appreciate its very different expression elsewhere. But, just as chardonnay makes great wine in Chablis, Champagne and Corton, so does Assyrtiko reach great heights also in Amyndeon. This is an unusually full and leesy expression of the grape, with a tension between its inner sweetness and its outer stoniness. A true original. ~WineWise
Laurens Hartman had the intuitive and now proven-to-be brilliant notion that Xinomavro could make exceptional sparkling wine by the classic method of Champagne. When Stellios Boutaris of Kir-Yianni, the doyen of Xinomavro producers, asked us if we had had this wine, we felt vindicated. Full of breed on the nose, it is bracing, focused and dry. We can honestly say that a better alternative to champagne has not crossed our lips for a long time. Tiny quantities are made. We were allocated 80 six-packs.
Building on the success of the Cuvée Spéciale, we have now brought in our first shipment of Laurens’ rosé sparkler. The forthrightly fruity nose matches the vividness of the frankly pink colour, and the palate displays a playful side that one might not have expected of the sometimes grave Xinomavro. A lovely addition to our range of offbeat pink wines from different countries.