In 2017 I went to a lunch in London with Apostolos Thymiopoulos. The main event was a tasting of new Santorini wines he had been working on (they were excellent, but have yet to see the light of day here). But what really stayed with me came before that - a flight of his Xinomavro Rosé going back some fifteen years. They were some of the most fascinating rosé wines I've ever tasted.
His Xinomavro Rosé is something of a pet project for Apostolos. From the start, he bottled it in dark glass expressly so it could be aged. When first released, it is a round, fruity rosé. After a few years, it is deep and rich with flavours of tomato and cherry. Either way, it's a complex drink on a different plane to your typical pink wine.
Now, at last, he has begun releasing small quantities which have been slowly maturing in the cellar. The first parcel sold out pretty much instantaneously, but we have secured sixty bottles of the just released 2013. As a unique, mature wine straight from one of Greece's best producers, this is quite a find. It's available to pre-order online now and will be delivered as soon as it gets here in mid-July.