Gaia Notios Agiorgitiko & Syrah £12.99
We’ve had this a number of times over the last few months; it’s a good one to share with friends – they’ll be surprised how good Greek red can be. This one is all about ripe red and black fruit – damsons and cherries – with a sprinkling of herbs, finishing with a lick of spice and dark chocolate. It’s pretty smooth and rich, but also a little bit rustic, with velvety tannins, all at the same time. Yum!
The majority of the blend of grapes in this wine is Agiorgitiko, one of Greece’s signature reds, often produced as a single varietal like this one. But it is also blended with international varieties, typically Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah, such as in this example. The grapes are from their motherland, Nemea, an appellation in Peloponnese – the chunk of southern Greece (next stop: Crete). Agiorgitiko is grown all over the region, from the coast to the mountains. As such, the styles are diverse – from soft, early drinking reds, such as this one – to more structured, age-worthy wine.
At a glance:
- Style? Medium to full bodied red wine
- Where is it from? Nemea, Greece
- What’s the grape? 85% Agiorgitiko and 15% Syrah
- Tastes of? Plummy cherries, herbs and a touch of chocolate
- What should I eat with it? Something a bit rustic but you don’t need to find your heartiest dish; we thought the tomatoes and herbs in Roast Cauliflower with Samphire & Dill complemented the red fruit well.
Read more about Greek wines here (producers Alpha Estate and Domaine Skouras)