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: £67 (10% saving on single bottle price, total saving of £8)
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.
2013 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.
2013 Zazazu Sparkling, Domaine Lyrarakis x 1
A deliciously drinkable summer sparkler based on local white grapes Vilana & Vidiano, together with some aromatic Muscat. This is petillant rather than fully sparkling, with some residual sweetness balanced by acidity from grapes grown on high in Crete.
2013 UWCS Samos Psilés Korfés, Dry Muscat x 1
This is a dry wine, from low-yielding Muscat grapes. Its fragrance and fruit purity are balanced by an expansive textural interest on the palate, refreshing natural acidity and moderate 12 percent alcohol.Mixed Cases