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Winner Details

 Greece

2016 Gold: 2 Silver: 8 Bronze: 1 Commended: 4
2015 Gold: 1 Silver: 7 Bronze: 5 Commended: 4

Greece may not have quite managed the explosive energy of Turkey over the past few years, but it’s getting there. Go back three or four years, and the country would be lucky to pick up a handful of medals, so to get 15 this year was encouraging – particularly since eight of them were silver and two wines made it on to the Gold List.

Somewhat counter-intuitively, given its southern location, Greece seems to be far better at whites than reds, and so it was again this year. The whites took more medals (and more top medals) than the reds did.

Interestingly, both of the Gold-Listed wines were Malagouzias – a grape variety that was practically extinct until Domaine Carras began to work with it 30-odd years ago. We should thank them. Both of these were excellent, with the Gerovassiliou a truly sublime bottle of wine that utterly captivated everyone who tried it.

Oh, and well done to Hallgarten Druitt Novum (and Greek-loving buyer Steve Daniel in particular), who dominated this section, with eight of the 11 medal winners.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘Greek wine is getting there – you have the typicity, lots of variation and different varieties. A couple of customers ask for them, and they are good value. The reds are good with slow-cooked meat.’ Vittorio Gentile, Theo Randall at the InterContinental

‘Greece does lovely blends and wines with floral notes. I would say By The Glass is the way to go for unoaked whites. If you want to get people out of Sauvignon Blanc then these wines are definitely fresh.’ Sarah Jane Evans MW, team leader

‘We had a few interesting whites at entry level, mid-price and high end. It’s good for people to try something different.’ Julien Sahut, Sexy Fish

‘People in the UK are more open-minded in terms of grape variety – but not country of origin.’ Carlos Ferreira, The Sign of the Don


Award winners

Found 15 wines

Greece

Gerovassiliou, Malagousia, Epanomi, 2015, Macedonia , Greece

Gold medal winner Food MatchCritics Choice

Fine complexity and an eloquent mix of flavours gave Gerovassiliou not just Gold, but the Scallops Food Match Trophy and a Critics' Choice Trophy, too. 'Bolder, with rich terroir characteristics and a balanced freshness,' said team leader Chris Cooper. 'Good intensity, fresh, clean and mineral on the nose, with a palate of waxy peach and apricot with citrus notes, good clean acidity and well balanced,' said Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish. 'Ripe and pretty,' affirmed Avenue Restaurant's Andrés Ituarte.

£13.40 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Papagiannakos, Kalogeri, Malagousia, 2015, Attica , Greece

Gold medal winner

For the second year in a row, interesting minerality and good depth has marked Papagiannakos' wine for the top. 'Cool ferment aromas, with elegant lemon peel freshness and chalky texture on a long, persistent palate,' said team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW. 'Peach, apricot and white flowers, green freshness with tiny bubbles,' added Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish.

£8.40 Boutinot

Monemvasia, Kidonitsa, White, Laconia, 2014, Peloponnese , Greece

Silver medal winner

Attractive, lightly flavoured white with a slightly resinous texture, but attractive notes of lemon and white flowers on the palate, comparable to a Savatiano. 'Smooth and great balance between aroma and freshness,' said Michaela Večeřová of Galvin La Chapelle.

£9.48 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Thiasos, White, Roditis/Moschofilero, 2013, Peloponnese , Greece

Silver medal winner

Herbal-style white, dry with a lovely texture. 'Great value for money, nice acidity and fruitiness, and it's ready to drink,' said Michaela Večeřová of Galvin La Chapelle. 'Delicate white fruits on a soft palate with floral notes and balanced acids,' added Andrés Ituarte of Avenue Restaurant.

£6.28 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Biblia Chora, Ovilos, Semillon/Assyrtiko, Kavala, 2014, Macedonia , Greece

Silver medal winner

'Excellent, punchy acidity here, with vivid herbal and lime leaf characters and texture adding complexity,' said team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, adding: 'Long fruit on the finish, an individual style.' 'Pretty white fruits and floral notes with a bit of spice mingle beautifully,' added Avenue Restaurant's Andrés Ituarte.

£16.69 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Gaia, S, Agiorgitiko/Syrah, Nemea, 2013, Peloponnese , Greece

Silver medal winner

'A lot going on,' began Stefan Kobald of Social Wine & Tapas, 'with extracted, spicy, dark fruit and some sweetness on the finish.' 'Elegant complexity, with full, sour body and smoky minerality,' added Vittorio Gentile of Theo Randall at the InterContinental.

£20.14 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Kir Yianni, Dyo Elies, Syrah/Merlot/Xinomavro, 2011, Macedonia , Greece

Silver medal winner

'A bold wine, with plenty of tannin and acid, but also black fruits, oak and extraction with a salty tang,' said Stefan Kobald of Social Wine & Tapas. 'Dried petals and warm spices, full and rich,' added Vittorio Gentile of Theo Randall at the InterContinental.

£13.30 Bibendum Wine

Gaia, Agiorgitiko by Gaia, Nemea, 2014, Peloponnese , Greece

Silver medal winner

'Violet flowers and blackberry on a rounded nose,' said Vittorio Gentile of Theo Randall at the InterContinental, while Stefan Kobald of Social Wine & Tapas also found 'spiced meats, red fruits and vanilla with plenty of extraction and good balance'.

£11.42 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Kir Yianni, Paranga White, Roditis/Malagousia, 2014, Macedonia , Greece

Silver medal winner

Team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW found 'subtle, well-balanced, white floral notes of jasmine with green apple freshness on the palate', noting: 'Individual.' 'Great minerality and acidity, a light summer wine,' added Michaela Večeřová of Galvin La Chapelle.

£8.81 Bibendum Wine

Monemvasia, Asproudi, White, Laconia, 2014, Peloponnese , Greece

Silver medal winner

'Refreshing style, this is all about lime curd, with a zesty and fresh, creamy, leesy undertow, and it's very long,' said team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, with Michaela Večeřová of Galvin La Chapelle adding: 'Excellent, refreshing wine, fruity and great value.'

£10.20 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Manolesakis, Exis, Red, 2014, Drama , Greece

Bronze medal winner

'Sour bread with spicy fruit and dried juniper aromas, jammy cherry and orange zest with Christmassy spice notes,' began Vittorio Gentile of Theo Randall at the InterContinental. 'Perfumed, Moscato-like nose, fresh, exciting and good value,' agreed team leader Martin Lam.

£8.76 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Papagiannakos, Savatiano, 2015, Attica , Greece

Commended medal winner

£7.70 Boutinot

Manolesakis, Exis, White, 2014, Drama , Greece

Commended medal winner

Gaia, Assyrtiko by Gaia, Wild Ferment, 2015, Santorini , Greece

Commended medal winner

Thiasos , Red, Agiorgitiko, 2013, Peloponnese , Greece

Commended medal winner