22/04/07 – Samos UWCS (Greece) Nectar Muscat 2002

Samos UWCS (Greece) Nectar Muscat 2002
This wine is made from muscat grapes harvested on the Greek island of Samos and dried in the sun. It pours a deep tawny gold, and the three years it has spent in barrels gives it is slightly oxidised note, and a wonderfully deep walnut, rum-soaked raisin and fig character. There is honey and quince, and notes of stewed tea, but with a great warm, toasty richness at its core. On the palate the raisin and nutty character comes through, with a huge infill of creamy cappuccino coffee and plenty of sweetness. A bright orange fruit acidity really adds some cut and definition though, in a wine that delivers a helluva lot of pleasure and complexity for its modest full bottle price. Gorgeous stuff for having with a bowl of nuts or creme brulee perhaps 9.25, Berry Bros & Rudd.