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Lafazanis Nemea Agiorgitiko

Agiorgitiko

  • 2017

  • Alc. 13%

  • Nemea

  • Greece

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Retail $34.99

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Smell

Ripe red-berry fruit dominates on the attractive nose of this red, with jammy cherry, raspberry, and fresh fig. There's a distinct smokiness reminiscent of a fall campfire, along with dried herbs, cedar, and leather.

Taste

Grippy and youthful on the palate, with layers of ripe red fruit and fine, dusty tannins. There's plenty of black plum, mixed berries, and black currant, along with more rustic flavours of savoury herbs and toasty oak. Everything's in balance, and the finish is long and dry, with energetic acidity that keeps everything fresh.

Pairing

Match with Greek classics like lamb Kofta or Spanakopita, which will highlight the complex savoury flavours of this fascinating grape.

Aromas and Flavours

Cherry

Fresh B.C. cherries out of the back of a truck, all eaten before you can get them home!

Fig

Reminiscent of coconut, figs have a slight grassiness to them and a hint of sweet spice.

Smoke

Reminds you of singing songs by the campfire on a beautiful summer evening.

Pepper

A whiff of a freshly used pepper grinder - spicy and fresh, without the itchy nose.

Herbs

Your windowsill herb garden gives off a lovely herbal smell every time you walk by.

Handling and Serving

Serving Temperature
18°C

Cellar
2022 - 2027

Description

For a long time, asking for Greek wine in a restaurant or wine shop would get you either a blank look or a bottle of Retsina, the ubiquitous (and often very low quality) white aged in resinous barrels. Thankfully, that's been quietly changing for the last few decades, as quality-minded producers have renewed their focus on the country's wealth of fascinating indigenous grapes. Agiorgitiko is a great example - it's Greece's most widely-planted red grape, believed to originate in the region of Nemea, where Lafazanis is located. The winery was founded by Vasilis Lafazanis in 1946, and is now helmed by son Spyros and grandchildren Athena and Vassilis. Their commitment to Greece's distinctive grapes continues unabated, and this full-bodied red is a great example of the quality possible from this unique region.

Serve this Agiorgitiko at about 18 C and enjoy over the next 5 years.

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