Located in the Palaiomylos region of Tyrnavos and nestled in the foothills of Mount Olympus, Domaine Zafeirakis is one of the most exciting new domaines in Greece. After completing his oenology master’s degree at the University of Milan and consecutive harvests in Tuscany, Piedmont, and Alto Adige, Christos returned to Tyrnavos in 2005 and built a state-of-the-art winery to honor the four generations of winemakers that preceded him. He immediately began setting new standards, creating the first organic vineyard in the area and extending the family’s holdings to 8 hectares. Christos also worked tirelessly to reintroduce the obscure native varietal Limniona, which was nearly extinct due to the phylloxera epidemic a century prior.
Zafeirakis’ obsession is primarily with his soils, which are clay with a high concentration of flint. All of his wines are all certified organic and the product of spontaneous yeast fermentation. Additionally, an intensive selection massale* is taking place in the vineyards in an effort to refine the clonal selection and to raise the bar of the wines year after year.
The 2021 Microcosmos is 100% Malagousia from 20-year-old vines, and was made using classic white wine vinification methods with indigenous yeasts, in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks.
Pale yellow. Subtle aromas of orchard fruits, citrus blossom and a touch of spice. On the palate, the wine shows underripe apricot, white peach a delicate floral note. A light to medium-bodied, textured expression of Malagousia, with pleasant acidity and a charming mineral layer all the way through.
*Selection Massale is the practice of replanting new vineyards with cuttings from exceptional old-vine plantings from the same or nearby property.