The 2015 vintage was awarded 89 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Summer reds (to chill) (see blue link below). We are now "onto" the 2016 vintage, which we judge to be of similar quality.
Gaia Notios 2015 - July 2017 Decanter review
One of the pioneers of the modern Greek wine revolution Gaia Estate was established in 1994 by Greek winemakers Leon Karatsalos and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos. Operating two different wineries they make cutting edge wines in both Nemea and Santorini. Gaia's main aim is to present the potential of the indigenous Greek grape varieties to wine enthusiasts worldwide. Vineyard Produced from grapes of exceptional maturity that are cultivated in a low-yielding, non irrigated vineyard on the hills surrounding the Nemea wine region. Here, the soil structure consists of a shallow clay layer of approximately 70 to 80cm, that lies upon the lime soil. This type of clay retains humidity and releases it back to the vines when required thus helping to naturally monitor the water stress in the vine, producing concentrated flavours in the berries.
This wine, Agiorgitiko 85%, Syrah 15%, was matured in new 225-litre French oak casks from the Nevers & Allier departements, with medium-plus toasting.
A light bodied wine with spicy flavours of fresh plums and red cherries. A lovely summer red. Light bodied with a refreshing, velvety mouth feel and intense, persistent aromas of ripe red fruit, with elegant notes of butter caramel on the finish. A good all rounder that can be enjoyed with a variety of meals from light snacks to red meats.