Another young winery founded in 1999 by the brothers Aristides and Stathios Panos, it offers a splendid range of impeccably made wines from both indigenous and international varietals at improbably low prices. The mindboggling vineyards rise to elevations of 1000 meters, ensuring the diurnal temperature range that is so often the lodestone of quality in Greece. Enjoying unique limestone soils and making wines only from free-run juice, Tetramythos offers a finesse and purity that are unexpected at this price level.
The “Black of Kalavryta” is one of those ancient grapes found only in Greece, that make this little odyssey of ours such a pleasure. Vibrantly earthy and lithe, it has a lovely balance of fruit and oak and truly resembles nothing you have had before. How often can one say that?
The 2011 vintage was destemmed and crushed by foot. No sulfur was added, but a small amount of already sulfured wine was introduced into the tank, so the wine has very little final sulfur (hence the designation). It retains the pleasing earthiness of the 2010, but the strawberry fruit has a softer, rounder, and lusher texture than the previous vintage.
What a great and often under-rated grape Roditis is. Witness this beautiful wine, endowed with uncommon weight and intensity for its modest price-tag. Scented and fine, it offers a honied driness underpinned by firm acidity that confers a certain seriousness, while nonetheless offering a generous measure of pure vinous pleasure.