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 (ah-your-YEE-TEE-ko) is Greece’s most important red varietal, and at its best on the elevated hillside vineyards of Koutsi in the Appellation of Nemea (Peloponnese, Greece). Greece is often perceived as a hot nation, most capable of producing white wines on many of its idyllic islands. But in fact, much of the country is mountainous and in many parts of Greece the climate is continental, with hot summers and cold, even snowy, winters. Nemea, given its elevation, is such a place.
Made from Agiorgitiko from the Nemea region. There are three levels of this grape in the Gaia range and this is their easy drinking / entry level version. A soft fruity wine that has lots of plum flavours with violet, and almost musky, lift to it. Nice and very easy to drink.
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