Kourtaki Retsina of Attica, Wine of Greece, NV
This wine: screw cap closure, varietal savatiano (Greece’s most widely planted grape), flavoured with resin from the Aleppo pine, 11.5% abv, widely available, ~£6 (2015)
Consumer tasting note: citrus, green herbs and an oakiness on the nose, smooth texture with more distinct garrigue on the fresh palate along with more citrus, decent length, drink young.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of an underpinning woody note, lightly green herbal, lemon pith, hint of lime, a slightly confected nuance.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol and a medium body, medium intensity, a smooth texture with a low-key grip, with delicate flavours of thyme or sage (with a lot of aeration this veers towards pine), lemon zest and pith. A medium (+) length with a clean lemon pith lightly grippy and fresh finish, with a sight bitterness on the end.
Quality: a good quality wine, with balanced acidity with alcohol, all harmonious with flavour intensity, moderate concentration, no complexity, but a decent length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing – a simple(ish) wine, made for early consumption.