by Markus Stolz

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wine values 2011

byMarkus Stolz
December 20, 2011, 3 Comments

Greek wine values at the entry level are not restricted to the whites only, although the reds will cost a little more. As with the whites, these are terrific food partners and can be paired with a large variety of dishes.

I used a price ceiling of 7,50€ (shelf price in Greece, inclusive of 23% VAT) for my personal favourites. Again, the selection focus was also on availability in Greece and in the export markets.

1. Boutari Naoussa 2007, 13% alcohol, 7,20€, Xinomavro: If I had to pick just one Greek wine as the red hot value of the year, this would be it. Refinement and balance best describe the wine. It is quite frankly a steal, and given its wide availability, this should be marketed as a showcase for Greek wines. I have no doubt that this can be cellared for many years to come, an outstanding effort.

2. Tetramythos Agiorgitiko 2010, 13% alcohol, 6,80€: Made from organically grown grapes, this is one of my favourite Agiorgitiko offerings. It is fresh and fruit driven with depth on the palate, and expresses the grape variety in quite a serious way. I highly recommend this.

3. Palivou Estate, Anemos 2010, 13% alcohol, 7,36€, Agiorgitiko: I believe this is simply called Palivou Agiorgitiko – St. George in the US. The wine has been a long time favourite of mine, and delivers year after year. It is one of the best introductions for Agiorgitiko I can think of – intense fruity and extremely delicious.

4. Semeli Oreinos Ilios 2010, 13.5% alcohol, 6,99€, Agiorgitiko: In the export markets, this is branded as Semeli Mountain Sun Red. This is yet another great introduction to the grape variety, smooth and vibrant with some earthiness.

All of the above Agiorgitiko wines have one thing in common: They are elegant, smooth and fruit driven. Try any of them with spicy cuisine and you might be surprised how well they work.

5. Mediterra Winery Nea Gi 2010, 13% alcohol, 6,70€, Kotsifali/Syrah: A delicious and attractive value wine from Crete with soft tannins and a good expression of fruit. Bound to be a crowd pleaser.

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  1. Yiannis PapadakisDecember 23, 2011, 3:30 pm

    “Elegant, smooth and fruit-driven”. Perfectly put. This style is the one that best suits the agiorgitiko grape, and the reason why one might find the most successful offerings from agiorgitiko at the lower rather than at the higher price range. Most attempts to produce highly-priced agiorgitikos result in overoaked and flabby fruit-bombs, just because the style they try to adopt in order to justify the premium price tags does not work well with the agiorgitiko grape.

  2. elloinosDecember 23, 2011, 3:36 pm

    Yianni, I also find myself embracing mostly Agiorgitikos that are made exactly in this style. And this way, the wines are also so food friendly.

  3. Kostas KatsoulierisDecember 27, 2011, 11:12 pm

    Great way to end the year! Am ashamed to admit that although I like Tetramythos wines, I have never had their Aigiorgitiko – I now have reason to search it out. I will also try the Lidl wines as I let preconceptions rule. What about a list of value rosés, sparklers & dessert wines???