Domaine Kalathas Notias Aspro Potamisi 2016 is the fruit of the labours of Jerome Charles Binda, a former graphic designer and an art dealer in France. In 2011 he decided to come to Tinos and become a farmer and a winemaker. Committed to producing the finest expression of the island’s granitic non-phylloxera sandy terroir, he applies manual techniques in the vineyards and the cellar. Organic-certified, he is building his own interpretation of biodynamic wines with patience and humility. Domaine de Kalathas produces white, rosé, orange, light red and deep red wines, fermented and aged in stainless-steel vats, also experimenting with small cuvées in different types of clay vessels. Since 2016 all the cuvées are vinified and bottled with no added sulphur
“The naturally low-acidity of Aspro Potamisi might trouble those used to sharper, chiselled whites from Greece, from varieties like Assyrtiko for example. Yet these very ripe grapes of warm and 2015 vintage produced an original wine of smooth exotic aromas, the iodine finish and the puzzling bitterness adding complexity and contributing to create an “umami” wine, a characteristic emphasized by what could be perceived as a real “memory of sugar”, an impression of native sweetness conveyed by the sun-roasted, rich old-vine Potamisi whose sugars were nonetheless almost totally reduced by its indigenous yeasts. Sometimes I sense aromas like fresh almond or sweet lemon, sometimes roasted pineapple or even lychee is what strikes me first”.
Domaine Kalathas Notias Aspro Potamisi is superb. Jerome Charles Binda is making truly remarkable wines on this tiny Greek island. This full bodied champion of an orange wine made according to biodynamic and natural winemaking principles. We love these heroes here at Pull The Cork and this wine is well worth the purchase.