93 points Wine & Spirits
"Brothers Periklis and Stergios Tatsis make this white from the free-run juice of their organically farmed xinomavro. It’s a serious wine, in the mode of an old school white Rioja, with nutty, leesy notes and a lush feel. That broad, mouth-filling texture carries xinomavro earthy savour as well as hints of dried strawberry, the flavors powered by the variety’s strong acidity. That balance makes it versatile at the table, and built to last."
Vinous Reverie Notes
When the Tatsis family was moved to Greece they chose to settle in Goumenissa, an area (and appellation) that was covered in vine and spoke to their values and history. The fit was natural and the Tatsis brothers forbearer’s property started with a scant 4 hectares that has now grown into 14 with additions that they’ve made since taking over the domaine from their father with their first vintage in 1996. Periklis works the land and oversees the vines with Stergios in charge of making the wine although the lines often blur with a family endeavor. The wines are certified organic with many biodynamic principals applied but the best way to describe them is as one of the small group of original natural winemakers in Greece to pop up in the 1990s, numbering no more than 3 or 4 at most at a time when international varieties, commercial yeasts and 100% new oak was the norm in the rest of the country. Xiropotamus used to be called Angel's Heart. PGI Macedonia used because more recognition than Slopes of Paiko. One year on light lees in tank. First vintage was 2011. Xiropotamus (= dry river) is the name of the site and the Xinomavro does not get a deep color so they decided to do a Blanc de Noirs.