Greece is a land steeped in viticultural history, where a new generation of talented producers is pursuing modern visions of winemaking, taking advantage of a wealth of characterful, indigenous grape varieties to produce unique wines.
The selection of wines in this mixed case is emblematic of this trend for producing wines with savoury textures, joyful, uplifting fruit, polished tannins, bags of energy and freshness. Above all these are wines of incredible value for money and easy, immediate enjoyment.
Case price: £81 (10% saving on single bottle price, total saving of £9)
The case contains 6 bottles, one each of the following:
2012 Domaine Lyrarakis, Dafni, Crete x 1
One of the region’s most ancient, indigenous varieties. Layers of complex botanical flavours and refreshing finish.
2013 Diamantakis Winery, Vidiano White x 1
The ideal accompaniment to a variety of seafood, pasta and poultry dishes. Oily, expansive, textured, but redolent of lemon, bergamot and pear too.
2011 Domaine Lyrarakis, Okto Red x 1
Native varietals Kotsifali and Mandilari combine here with the better-known Syrah to create a red wine of great finesse with a delicious berry fruit character.
2013 Domaine Lyrarakis, Thrapsathiri, Armi, Crete (white) x 1
An ancient grape variety originating from Crete. Rich and beautifully balanced, this has the substance and the flesh to hold up to food, but also the savoury character to make it attractive on its own.
2011 Thymiopoulos Vineyards, Earth & Sky Xinomavro Red, Naoussa x 1
Xinomavro is an ancient variety with relatively fine-grained tannins, delicate aromas, a savoury weave of black olive and tomato stalk, resembling Italy’s Nebbiolo.
Malvasia of Crete, Domaine Lyrarakis x 1
A historic sweet wine that blends together a number of native Cretan grapes. Grapes are dried in the sun for 9 days to concentrate the sugars and the must, and then aged in new oak barrels for 12 months. Rich, grapey, apricot-and -honey aromas and plenty of weight on the palate, but there is also a real sense of elegance and freshness.Mixed Cases