Tetramythos NV Retsina, Greece
The Tetrmythos winery founded in 2004 in the Peloponnese of Greece by the brothers Aristides and Stathios Panos. It makes an array of impeccably made wines from both indigenous and international varietals at attractively low prices. The winery and vineyards are located in the village of Ano Diacopto in Achaia subregion of the Peloponnese, on the slopes of Mount Aroania. Vineyards are at 1000 meters in altitude, planted predominantly with indigenous Greek varieties with some international grapes we well. Cultivation is strictly organic.
This particular Retsina gained its initial popularity in Europe and it has just about gone viral with popularity. This revolutionary version of Greece’s most famous wine has turned people's impressions of Retsina on its head. Tetramythos treats Roditis with a seriousness not seen before, making it from the estate’s organic Roditis grapes, instead of the customary Savatiano, which is almost universally used elsewhere. Pine trees grown on the property are the source of their resin which is judiciously used. The treated wine is fermented in amphorae using wild yeasts. The resulting wine has extended lees aging.
This is not like any retsina you have had before. Very understated and dry, but full of pear, beeswax and honey fruit, with a salty tang. Ideal for any seafood dish or even by itself.
Tetramythos is a modern winery in Greece. They use small stainless steel tanks with temperature control systems, pneumatic presses, gravity flow for transfer of must and wines, at the same time respecting tradition to express the characteristics of terroir and varieties. Biodynamic practices are used in the vineyard and winery.