Category Archives: GREECE

Gaia Agiorgitiko Greece 2013

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% … Continue reading

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Kourtaki Retsina NV

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 … Continue reading

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Tsantali Cabernet Sauvignon Haldiki 2011

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 … Continue reading

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Santorini Assyrtiko 2013

Hatzidakis Winery, PDO Santorini Assyrtiko, Greece, 2013 A blend of assyrtiko (lime and honeysuckle character, ages well), with minor components of aidani (floral scented) and athiri (lemony character), 13.5% abv, black Nomacorc closure; Waitrose, about £11. WSET style tasting note Appearance … Continue reading

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Phaedra Xinomavro Rose

Phaedra Xinomavro Rose, Kir-Yianni Estate, PGI Macedonia, Greece, 2012 Plastic cork closure, 12.5%, Waitrose, £9. WSET style tasting note Appearance – clear and bright, pale intensity pink, showing distinct tears. Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, … Continue reading

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