(2012) A blend of the indigenous Kotsifali and Mandilari varieties with Syrah, all grown in higher altitude vineyards with a northern exposure. The colour is a bold crimson, and the nose is very inviting, showing creaminess and a touch of vanilla, but also a smooth, juicy-ripe black fruit. There's a little hint of spice too. On the palate this has a bit of grip, with good acidity and tight tannins, the fruit blackcurranty, but with a sinewy, chewy density. Staying linear and focused, this finishes with a gravelly substance that would match some grilled meat well.
(2012) Around 70% of the blend is Syrah in this wine, a bronze medal winner in the 2011 Decanter awards. A rich ruby colour showing a hint of warmth, this has a deliciously spicy and peppery nose that is very Syrah, with gamy edges and a touch of underlying vanilla. On the palate it is very nicely pitched, the black and juicier, red berry fruit to the fore and plenty of dry extract giving a mouth-coating character in the finish, though the sweetness of the fruit persists.