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This is proof that rosé can, in fact, age beautifully when it is made and aged with conscientious care. This natural rosé, made entirely from the very rare Negoska grape, is a deep pink color and a stunning testament to their care in the vineyard and winery. Tart, wild berry fruit notes plus nutty undertones and vibrant acidity make this a different and delicious wine to cherish on the table and savor all year long.
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.
Tatsis wines can easily be seen as traditionalist in nature but that would be only a part of the story. They constantly experiment, doing long macerations of their native white varieties and long élevage for roses. They are both a throwback as well as on the forefront of the wine scene in Greece with nary a care of what anyone else is doing.
Negoska wine gets its name from the Slavic Negush for the city of Naoussa, which tells us of the origins of the wine grape. Negoska is also known as Popolka of Naoussa. Even though it may have originated there, the grape is only grown at Mount Paikos today.