Zagreus Vinica Family Reserve 2016 Thrace
Zagreus vineyards were first planted in 1998 in the fertile Plovdiv plain, within the lowlands of Thrace, one of Bulgaria's best regions for grape growing. Certified organic since 2013, owner Dimitar Kostadinov's mission is to produce excellent examples of characterful local Bulgarian varietal mavrud as well as high-quality cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah.
This is inspired in Northern Italy winemaking as the grapes are dried in the open for two months after the harvest in order to achieve an exquisite concentration of flavours and sugars. Made especially for Theatre of Wine, this cuvee only takes on fruit from their top vineyard sites. Definitely the perfect winter warmer the indigenous Mavrud grape gives grippy notes of eucalyptus, peppercorn and cedar paired with soft blackcurrant and macerated plum aromas. Potential for ageing is immense.