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Tonight we are going to review a gorgeous single varietal syrah wine from the Epanomi region of northern Greece – Syrah 2015 by Ktima Gerovassiliou. In a world where bolder is better, syrah is the perfect choice, as it is darker and spicier than cabernet sauvignon and contains a high amounts of health-invigorating antioxidants. This syrah has been produced with grapes from the oldest vines on the estate, with extended maceration and barrel ageing in french oak barrels. Syrah, also known as ‘Shiraz’, can be vinified in two major styles: old-world style and new-world style. The old-world syrah wines tend to have more acidity and earthy-herbaceous aromas, while the new-world shiraz wines are usually fruit-driven with lots of spice. But enough with all that theory – without further ado, let’s move on, straight to the tasting and find out how good this wine really is!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Very deep and opaque purple color, with bright indigo hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with red fruits, black fruits and nuanced herbaceous flavours: sour cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, black plum, aronia berry, black cherry, black raspberry, dried black plum, black mulberry and some subtle but elegant hints of violet. An instant later the nose is filled with very insistent notes of roasted oakwood, leather, anise, barnyard, nutmeg, red pepper, cloves, tobacco, forest floor, sun-dried meat and some nuanced hints of licorice.
The wine is extra-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and fine-grained tannin. It feels elegant, velvety and extracted, with a bold and supple body, crisp acidity and an amazingly appealing savory-meaty accent. This is a very noble, firm and complex syrah wine, as it tastes fruity, grippy and well balanced, with a nuanced, tannic mouthfeel. Overall, the wine has a very good balance between primary fruit aromas and oak-infused flavours – this is definitely the finest syrah wine we’ve tasted so far.
The wine has a long finish and an elegant, savory-velvety aftertaste.
This is definitely an exceptional wine of Greece and, with a total of 94.4 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.
Conclusion: this is a very fine syrah wine – savory, elegant and noble, this is one of the best we’ve reviewed so far – a wine that is still developing into the bottle, therefore we would advocate for 2 or 3 more years of bottle ageing. As we’ve already mentioned before, it is of paramount importance to understand a wine’s limits: there are wines that might gain some much desired elegance and finesse with age, but there are also wines that are elegant enough in their yearly stages and age will only take its toll on them. Older wines develop more complex and less fruity flavours – a fully mature wine can offer an explosion of amazingly nuanced scents that are virtually impossible to name – it is a pure, hedonistic pleasure. That said, we would recommend to pair this wine with soft-textured meaty dishes, especially those that are naturally richly flavoured, like for example tournedos rossini or a pan seared duck breast with savory blackberry sauce. Enjoy!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Syrah | 2015
grape: | syrah |
overall rating: | 94.4 |
maturity: on the rise
conclusion: excellent | (a must try)
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