Winner Details

 

Greece


2015: Gold 1 Silver 7 Bronze 5 Commended 4
2014: Gold 1 Silver 1 Bronze 0 Commended 4


We’ve never had sufficient medals to make it worth separating off the Greek entries before, so 2015 was something of a landmark for the country. Proof, too, that there’s a good deal of residual affection for Greece among the sommelier community, if the comments below are anything to go by.

The whites were more popular than the reds, with Malagouzia and, particularly, Assyrtiko attracting a lot of positive feedback. Hell, we even found a medal for a Retsina!


Star Performer

Rarely, if ever, has one category been so dominated by one submitter, with all but two of the medals going to Hallgarten.  


From the Tasting Teams

‘There were some really lovely wines in the white flight. The only question mark would be over the price. There wasn’t much that we liked under £10.’ Laura Rhys MS, team leader

‘With Greece what you are looking for is something a little bit different, expressive, something that suggests its origin and lets customers know that it is from Greece.’ Stuart Skea, Champany Inn & Wine Cellars

‘A lot of people are interested in wines like this. People want to try something different. They are relatively easy to sell to adventurous people if you get behind them.’ George Bergier, The Victorian Chop House Company

‘I’d be tempted to try the whites with Asian food – something that’s not overly cooked. The aromatics of the food would work with the style of the wines.’ Guillaume Kaczmar, L’Ortolan

‘Greek wine is there to provoke conversation. You should find something different, along with an approachable and pleasant drink.’ Sarah Guignard, The French Table


Award winners

Found 17 wines

Greece

Papagiannakos, Kalogeri, Malagousia 2014, Attica, Greece

Gold medal winner Food Match

Delicate complexity alongside eloquent aromatics gave Papagiannakos the first Greek Gold – and the Green Thai Curry Food Match as well. 'This is a voluptuous yet firm beauty,' enthused team leader Angela Reddin, adding: 'Citrus and herbs, beautiful mouth entry, some tart tannins evident and a huge finish.' 'Stone fruits, great citrus notes and creamy,' added consultant Michael Harrison. 'There's green and white fruit flavours, herbal notes alongside lemony hints and sunny honey,' said George Bergier of The Victorian Chop House Company.

£8.40 Boutinot

Domaine Gerovassiliou, Viognier 2014, Epanomi, Macedonia, Greece

Silver medal winner

'Watery, pale lemon colour, with dried lemon peel, pink gooseberry and oregano,' said team leader Angela Reddin of this stone fruit and spice wine, with its mineral-infused nature. 'Very herbaceous and grassy, good acidity and length,' noted consultant Michael Harrison.

£12.92 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Alpha Estate, Axia, Malagousia 2014, Amyndeon, Florina, Greece

Silver medal winner

Vittorio Gentile of Theo Randall at The InterContinental Hotel found: 'Delicate flowery notes, crispy palate with good intensity and a slightly oily texture,' putting him in mind of a Mediterranean evening by the sea. 'Delicate, fresh, lovely acidity,' added team leader Laura Rhys MS.

£11.09 Hallgarten & Novum Wines, Maltby & Greek

Alpha Estate, Axia Red, Syrah/Xinomavro 2011, Amyndeon, Florina, Greece

Silver medal winner

‘Loads of warmth,’ began Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering, adding: ‘Big wine with some bitterness and complexity. Something different and a match for big steaks or game.’ 'Quite a statement wine. May need decanting to allow the structured tannins to resolve,' said team leader Martin Lam.

£11.09 Hallgarten & Novum Wines, Maltby & Greek

Alpha Estate, Single Vineyard Hedgehog, Xinomavro 2010, Amyndeon, Florina, Greece

Silver medal winner

Team leader Richard Bampfield MW felt this would go ‘brilliantly with fatty food’, adding: ‘Very pure, cherry nose with hints of bitters. Juicy, Campari-like flavours, very refreshing with high acidity.’ 'Complex, with small tannins, dark black fruit and a smattering of dark chocolate,' said Jonathan Kleeman of The Ritz Hotel.

£12.59 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Gaia, Wild Ferment, Assyrtiko 2014, Aegean Islands, Greece

Silver medal winner

While team leader Angela Reddin found preserved lemon and 'a white balsamic kick' on the nose, adding: 'Very mineral, stony flavours sliced with lemony richness. An individual,' for Stuart Skea of Champany Inn & Cellars, it was all about 'blood orange and smoke on the nose, with a weighty, persistent palate. Very good.'

£13.88 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Ktima Biblia Chora, Ovilos, Semillon/Assyrtiko 2013, Macedonia, Greece

Silver medal winner

'Creamy, toasty, lovely citrus notes. Rich and complex,' said team leader Laura Rhys MS, while George Bergier of The Victorian Chop House Company said: 'Strong minerality on the nose, it's oaky, classy and peachy on a balanced palate.' 'Good value, almost Viognier-like in style, with oily richness,' said Debbie Smith of 21212.

£17.04 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaine Gerovassiliou, Estate White, Malagousia/Assyrtiko 2014, Epanomi, Macedonia, Greece

Silver medal winner

Guillaume Kaczmar of L'Ortolan was impressed by the balance of this wine, saying: 'Citrusy and floral, Muscadet-like. Vegetal, flowery aromatics with a long finish.' Debbie Smith of 21212 added: 'Stunning, rich with hints of pine needle.' 'Feel the sunshine!' exclaimed Caroline Brangé of 28°-50° Mayfair, adding: 'Match with blue cheese, or smoked mackerel salad.'

£11.36 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaine Gerovassiliou, Malagousia 2014, Epanomi, Macedonia, Greece

Bronze medal winner

'Some earthy notes with ripe apple and pear, and good acidity. Balanced alcohol with some tropical fruit notes,' said team leader Laura Rhys MS, concluding: 'Vibrant.' 'Lychee, tropical stone fruit, floral core,' added Guillaume Kaczmar of L'Ortolan.

£12.92 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Domaine Gerovassiliou, Avaton Pgi 2011, Epanomi, Macedonia, Greece

Bronze medal winner

‘Youthful, with underdeveloped aromas, but a bold and juicy red,’ said team leader Richard Bampfield MW, adding: ‘Plenty of spicy oak, and food-friendly. Not for the faint-hearted.’

£11.36 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Thiasos, Red 2013, Peloponnese, Greece

Bronze medal winner

Andrea Fasan of La Petite Maison enjoyed this wine’s ‘complex, fruity aroma’, saying: ‘Juicy, with a fruity mid-palate, long and persistent.’ ‘Smooth, earthy red with big warmth and development on the palate,’ added Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering.

£6.28 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Papagiannakos, Retsina 2014, Attica, Greece

Bronze medal winner

Consultant Michael Harrison found this to be a 'more mineral, modern retsina', with team leader Angela Reddin adding: 'Piney freshness with some lemon oil. Good within its category,' and Frédéric Jean-Yves Billét of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa commenting: 'With flowers, stone fruit kernel, this has salty, spicy notes.' £4.65/50cl

£4.65 Boutinot

Monemvasia Winery, Metropolis 2013, Monemvasia, Lakonia, Greece

Bronze medal winner

'Very individual,' said team leader Angela Reddin, adding: 'Soft, floral nose of rose, musk and carnations. Medium-dry in the mouth, with some Turkish delight and citrus peel.'

£10.32 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Alpha Estate, Syrah/Xinomavro/Merlot 2011, Amyndeon, Florina, Greece

Commended medal winner

Ktima Biblia Chora, Estate White 2014, Macedonia, Greece

Commended medal winner

Monemvasia Winery, Asproudi 2013, Monemvasia, Lakonia, Greece

Commended medal winner

Monemvasia Winery, Monemvasios 2006, Monemvasia, Lakonia, Greece

Commended medal winner

 

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