Greek successes at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 – The Platinums & the Golds

The Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 were announced last week and I was thrilled to see so many Greek wines receiving the Decanter prestigious awards! It shows, once again, that Greek wine has made such a marvellous progress over the last 20 years and you are really missing out if you haven’t already tried some of these wine gems!

DWWA PLATINUM 2016

Argyros, 20 Years Barrel Aged Vinsanto, Santorini, Aegean Islands, Greece, 1993, 96 points

Platinum Best Greek Sweet

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A majestic wine with buckets of complexity, aromatic layers and different textures. A harmonious balance of dates and lemon sherbet and a memorable finish, this is exceptional.

Ktima Gerovassiliou, Viognier, Epanomi, Macedonia, Greece, 2016, 95 Points

Platinum: Best Greek White

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An outstanding example showing tropical fruits aromatics with supreme balance. A great intensity of fruit with seductive peach and white floral notes. Elegant with a silky texture; one of the finest of its class and style.”

Mitravelas Estate, Old Vineyards, Nemea, Peloponnese, Greece, 2014, 95 points

Platinum: Best Greek Red

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Deeply concentrated and vibrant nose of plums, raisins, coffee and chocolate. A full bodied, powerful palate with firm tannins and impressive length. A top class opulent wine with huge potential.

Vassaltis Vineyards, Assyrtiko, Santorini, Aegean Islands, Greece, 2015, 96 points

Platinum: Best Greek Assyrtiko
A world class example of this grape with fragrant and seductive aromatics of lemon and kumquat. Chalky and mineral at first but continues with a rainbow of luscious lingering fruit and petrol notes; outstanding.
DWWA 2016 GOLD

Macedonia

Kechris, Tear of the Pine, Retsina, Greece, 2016, 95 points

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An impressive oaked retsina made in a premium style to pair with serious food. Excellent touch of vanilla wrapped around a core of pears, basil and nuts.

Ktima Biblia Chora, Areti, Pangeon, Macedonia, Greece, 2016, 95 points

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A top class expression of this variety (Assyrtiko) with a textural cascade of complex stone fruit, minerality and floral character. A long lasting finish and potential to evolve.

Ktima Biblia Chora, Ovilos, Pangeon, Macedonia, Greece, 2016, 95 points

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A classy blend of Greece and white Bordeaux with white flowers, gentle oak and stone fruit. An elegant palate with lemon freshness and a silky texture.

Ktima Gerovassiliou, Museum Collection, Epanomi, Macedonia, Greece, 2015, 95 points

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A harmonious blend with fantastic oak integration, persistent mid-palate and a long finish. Combines floral notes with ripe yellow fruit and a touch of oak; an excellent wine.

Aegean Islands

Santorini

Domaine Sigalas, Kavalieros, Santorini, Aegean Islands, Greece, 2015, 98 points

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“A very complete wine displaying herbaceous, mineral and citrus characters. Very complex in style showing impressive complexity and concentration of elegant citrus fruits. A very long, excellent wine”

Domaine Sigalas, Fermented in Oak Barrel Assyrtiko, Santorini, Aegean Islands, Greece, 2016, 95 points

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Gentle aromatics of candied citrus and sea salt. There is tension and grip, married to a silky and voluptuous texture that fills the mouth while remaining crisp and bright.”

Sigalas, Epta Fira, Santorini, Aegean Islands, Greece, 2015, 95 points

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Honeyed with white peach and summer herbs. A generous palate that is rich and powerful with lemon juice and a touch of sweet spice.

Argyros, 12 Years Barrel Aged Vinsanto, Santorini, Aegean Islands, Greece, 2001, 95 points

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A wine of impressive complexity that is tremendously layered and textural with magnificent aromas on the nose. Chestnuts, raisins, coffee and chocolate on a harmonious palate. EpIc!

Samos

Nopera, Epitome, Samos, Aegean Islands, Greece, NV, 95 Points

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A complex nose offering raisins, nuts, coffee and caramel. Sweet but not cloying with lots of oak leading to a complex and generous finish.

 Epirus

Glinavos Winery, Syrah, Epirus, Epirus & Ionian Islands, Greece, 2013, 95 points

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“Ripe and lifted brambly fruit aromas showing elegance and amazing complexity. The Amarone style wine is classy expressing sweet cherries and fruit cake; a top and unique example.”

Seméli, Thea Fine Lees Contact, Mantinia, Peloponnese, Greece, 2015, 95 points

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Perfumed and honeyed with a Riesling character. Bottle ageing has given some depth and complexity with fresh lychee and citrus dominating. A wine with intense personality.

Domain Mega Spileo, Grand Cave, Achaia, Peloponnese, Greece, 2012, 95 points

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An intense and concentrated nose of jasmine and orange peel leading the way to a full throttle yet juicy palate. Beautifully textured, long and persistent; an exciting wine.”

Monemvasia Winery, Malvasia Vin Liastos, Monemvasia, Peloponnese, Greece, 2012, 95 points

Malvasia

Outstanding with impressive complexity of aromas and flavours. Chestnuts, raisins and coffee all blended harmoniously. Layered, textured and balanced with a memorable finish.

Such an outstanding selection of Greek wines celebrating culture, tradition and embracing innovation and technology!

If you bot explored the plethora of delicious, unique Greek wines with a distinctive sense of place, why don’t you start now making your way through this list?

Check out the full list of Greek wines that won Decanter medals HERE 

Congratulations to all the award-winning producers!

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Let me know if you have tried any of the above and if you agree with Decanter’s score and tasting note in the comment section below or on Twitter or Instagram!

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6 thoughts on “Greek successes at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 – The Platinums & the Golds

  1. Great and congrats ! I was just tasting before two days, Domaine Sigalas, Assyrtiko, Barrel fermented 2016 on the Balkan International Wine Competition. Great aging ability even in the unoaked Assyrtiko from Sigalas. I had the 2007 vintage last year. It developed perfectly !

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your comment! How amazing to read that you liked both wines. Sigalas is such a wine maestro, he manages to find great balance and complexity across his range. I will try and find the 2007 vintage, thanks for the tip!

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