Gaia Estate, Agiorgitiko, PDO Nemea, Greece, 2013
Agiorgitiko is the sole permitted variety for reds of the Nemea appellation. It can be turned to a wide range of styles, and takes readily to oak.
This wine: varietal agiorgitiko, Diam 5 closure, 14% abv, Oakham Wines, £16.95 (01/17)
Consumer tasting note: ripe red fruits on the nose, edged with toast and spice from deft use of oak; medium bodied with high(ish) but well balanced alcohol, red fruits, plum jam and red liquorice on the palate, firm ripe tannins eminently suited, as with nebbiolo, to beef dishes, spicy or peppery. Medium-long length, decant for a little air, and consume.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of ripe red cherry, red plum, red liquorice, floral lift of tea rose, spicy edge, toasty edge, smoke, red plum jam, beeswax, black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe high tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, smooth textured, with flavours of red cherry, red plum, red currant, red plum jam, undertone of sweet oak, red liquorice. Medium (+) length, with a significant grip and a clean red fruit compote finish, with warm leaf humus on the end.
Quality: good, acidity plus ripe but firm tannins are a foil to the alcohol; reserved on the nose, intensity and concentration commonplace, but very well-integrated oak, showing some complexity from time in wood and bottle. A decent length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – will keep for a year or so but not improve – has a sound structure but lacks intensity, concentration and length.