Tsantali organic cabernet sauvignon, PGI Haldiki, Greece, 2011
Cold maceration, then temperatire controlled fermentation for a week, MLF, then eight months ageing in new Aller oak. Natural cork closure, 14% abv, Waitrose, about £10
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean the nose, of medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas of spicy cherry with a hint of almond, then whiffs of blackcurrant and bilberry, and a sweet herbal note.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, smooth medium lightly mouth-coating tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium (+) body, of medium intensity, with flavours of ripe blackberry pulp, blackcurrant with a menthol edge, and a discrete oaky note.
Quality: a good quality wine, though the alcohol is a little high for the flavour intensity, there remains an overall balance, with decent acidity. A mainly fruity wine, which has seen oak, with a modest concentration of flavour and a little evolution with herbal, menthol and oaky nuances, this wine is ready to drink, will keep for a year or two but not improve with cellaring.