(2013) Greece's Agiorgitiko (or St George) grape is one of its hero red varieties, and this wine from Nemea in the Peloponnese peninsula is fresh and relatively light with only 12.5% alcohol. It has a bold cherry/purple colour and attractive aromas that are at once cherry-bright and fruity, and gently earthy and sappy, not a million miles from a quality Beaujolais. A little cedar and spice suggests some ageing in older barrels perhaps. On the palate it does seem a touch lean, a touch underpowered, but that spicy cherry fruit and that green-tinged, olive character gives some real pleasure.
(2003) Nice floral nose, with hints of exotic lychee fruit. The palate is punchy and full, with a touch of honeyed, oily texture and richness before good acidity. Quite long.
(2003) Very clean, almondy, subtle crisp pear fruit. The palate is quite ripe and has a nice quality of fruit, with hints of pineapple, but all restrained with elegant acidity.
(2001) Rich coffee-bean oak almost smothers super-ripe, very modern black fruit that is sasparilla-sweet and jammy; almost like Coca-cola. The palate is fruity, balanced and drinks well, with plenty of juicy blackcurrant and decent acidity.
(1999) Solid purple/black colour. Very distinct rubbery note on the nose: like car tyres. Fruit then emerges, quite baked and plummy, with some sweet blackberry notes and a little bit of Claret-like pencil-shavings. On the palate the fruit is very firm-edged and lean, quite acidic and savoury. Not quite convincing, this might be better with food.