I am always intrigued to try wines from grape varieties I haven’t heard of before.
When I visited Bientôt, a wine shop and creative space in my home city Thessaloniki, the ever knowledgeable Maria Samou, suggested Petite Fleur to me. At first glance, the bottle looks very pretty and the colour is an elegant, salmon pink – very Provençe-like.
But what really caught my attention was the fact that Athanasios Parparousis, who founded the wine back in 1974, and his 2 daughters, Erifili and Dimitra , are making organic wines from indigenous Greek varieties and that they chose Sideritis for Petite Fleur, a pink-skinned grape not often used for rosé winemaking. Total production is very small, just 3.000 bottles.
The 25 year old vines are located in Achaia, Peloponnese, where they enjoy a mild Mediterranean climate and grow in sandy gravel soils.
Sideritis gives very elegant wines with a characteristic freshness and mineral after-taste.
A harmonious blend of delicate white blossoms, red berries, strawberries, basically a straw basket filled with forest fruits (!) and Mediterranean herbs, like thyme and rosemary, are dominating the nose. On the palate, the distinctive minerality makes it complex and very appetising with a gentle sniff of white pepper spice!
So easy to pair with food and great value!
You can locate the wine via wine-searcher.com