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Tonight we are going to review a single-varietal wine from Greece – Agiorgitiko 2013 from Gaia Wines – one of the pioneers of the modern greek wine revolution, established in 1994. This is a single varietal agiorgitiko wine, which is one of Greece’s top variety. It comes from the Nemea region in Southern Greece, which is the most famous region for agiorgitiko grape variety. The region is defined by a hot mediterranean climate, with warm summers, but without excessively high temperatures and cold, humid winters, with low temperatures that rarely drop below the freezing point, but enough theory, let’s get straight to the tasting.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Quite deep garnet color, with hints of bright ruby towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with red fruit flavours: sour cherry, ripe red cherry, red currant, red plum, red mulberry and cranberry. An instant later comes secondary and tertiary notes of red pepper, nutmeg, cloves, medium toasted oakwood and some subtle hints of vanilla.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. It feels bold, seedy and oaky, with a quite nuanced acidity. This is a muscular and well structured wine, which is clearly on the woody side, with a nice spiciness towards the end. The wine has a fair overall balance, as it feels fruity and firm.
It has a medium finish and an balanced but seedy aftertaste.
This is definitely a great Wine of Greece and the overall rating says the same, with 90.3 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.
Conclusion: this is a wine that is very close to its top form, a wine that may still benefit from a couple more years of bottle ageing (2 to 3 years). To be honest, this is a quite harmonious wine – rich and vivid, with slightly rough tannins, which makes it the perfect pairing partner for any rich-flavoured meat dishes. Our recommendation would be to go with roasted game or some spicy barbequed beef steak – the latter one is simply amazing.
WineStatistics tasting results:
Agiorgitiko | 2013
grape: | agiorgitiko |
overall rating: | 90.3 |
conclusion: great | a must try
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