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!
Platinum Best Greek Sweet
“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. ”
Platinum: Best Greek White
“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.”
Platinum: Best Greek Red
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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
“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.”
“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
“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!”
“A complex nose offering raisins, nuts, coffee and caramel. Sweet but not cloying with lots of oak leading to a complex and generous finish.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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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