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Sunday 30 September 2012

Thymiopoulos Vineyards Young Vines Xinomavro 2011

Xinomavro – fancy playing that on a triple word score in Scrabble.  Hailing from Macedonia on Greece’s north, its name means ‘acidic and black’ and by jove it is.

Has a lovely radiance in the glass, and seemingly aids in the delivery of forward, upfront fruit character in the form of juniper and cherry.

Smooth and clean in the mouth with good fruit character, cherry and plums in the main.  The acid and tannin here combine to propel the wine forward further.  Finishes drying, with the tannin most evident.   
However it is testament to the quality of the wine that the fruit steps forward again for one last word.  91 – Very Good

Source: Retail, Grand Central Cellars
Price: $26
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Cork

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