TN: Creta Olympias Mirambelo, 2002, Crete, Greece. Add/Read Comments
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Available from Oddbins for £5.99.
Dusty brick red in colour. Nose is disappointing with some raspberry touches. The palate can only be described as rustic with hefty tannins following the fresh, if simple, soft bramble flavours. A reasonably good length though. Better with food but still 'rustic' with an inky edge to the finish. This is a blend of Mandeleria and Kotsifoli with 12.5% alcohol.
Scribblings Rating - 84/100
The wine is made from hand-picked grapes, from un-irrigated vineyards in the mountains around the village of Peza, Crete.
The Kotrifoli grape produces soft wines needing a boost in the tannin department which is why it is often blended - as in this wine - with Mandeleria. This grape is Greece's third most planted variety and produces wines that have a deep colour and hefty tannins that lessen with age.
The wine grew on me. At first I was disappointed. Then thoughts of dusty Cretan trackways, hot sun and late evenings with barbecues on the beach invoked a pleasant feeling towards the wine. Then I tried it again. Perhaps with beefy dishes - stifado or barbecued items - it would be better; but I wouldn't buy it again. Despite the contemporary packaging the wine is too 'rustic' for my palate.
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