The most widely planted red grape variety in Greece, also known as St George. Traditionally it has been grown in the Peloponnese peninsula, but can now be found throughout the country. It is especially versatile and can be made into a wide range of styles from light rosés to soft, fruity reds made by carbonic maceration in a style similar to the French wines of Beaujolais, to very tannic wines with spicy, red fruit aromas and the potential to age. It can even be produced into a dessert wine, which is often done by drying the grapes in the sun to concentrate sugars.
The best examples of Agiorgitiko tend to have moderate to low acidity, with a deep, ruby color, red fruit aromas and a sweet spicy note. It produces an “international style” of wine that some liken it to a cross between Merlot and Grenache.
Agiorgitiko (pronounced Ah-yor-YEE-te-ko) is a fragrant red wine grape native to Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula. The vineyards located near Koutsi are known for their chalky soils and good drainage. The cool temperatures, ideal sun exposure and steep inclination combine to produce lower yields than other parts of Nemea, but with excellent concentration of flavour.
Notios Red is a delightful blend of Agiorgitiko (which gives its intense fruity aroma and its soft tannins) and the international variety Syrah (which provides a rich and spicy character along with a sense of structure and depth). Its deep reddish-violet colour, its complex aroma and its taste intensity makes a perfect accompaniment to a wide range of spicy and flavourful dishes.
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