Harlaftis Nemea Red 2011

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Crafted from the Agiorgitiko grape which has been cultivated in the Nemea region of the Peloponnese on the east coast of Greece since ancient times, this is a subdued, contemplative glass.

Estate: Domaine Harlaftis was founded in 1932 by Nikos Athanassiadis, a successful raisin merchant. He was drawn to the ancient Nemea region in the northeastern part of the Peloponnese of Greece because of its long history of winemaking. Today the 3rd generation of the Athanassiadis family heads the estate with a passion for “creative experimentation”. Agiorgitiko is the predominant grape grown, but the family has included varietals such as Malbec, Merlot and Shiraz in order to always be experimenting and creatively producing wines.

Philosophy: “Wine is made in the vineyard and not in the winery.”

Winemaking: The family strictly adheres to the standards of organic farming. They use only natural fertilizers, and all residual matter from winemaking processes are returned to the soil, ensuring “sustainability of the earth”.

Tasting Notes: Garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, brambly berries and earth. Both black cherry and sour cherry flavours along with cinnamon and sage hints wrapped around a core of astringent tannins, whilst black peppercorn, dusty earth and vegetal notes comprised the compelling finish.
*Enjoy with a slight chill

100% Agiorgitiko
Nemea
Greece
Produced and Bottled by Harlaftis Ltd.
12.8% Alcohol
$9
Enjoy now

Semeli Mountain Sun Agiorgitiko 2008

 

I was rambling about one of my local wine shops when I realized that the last time I enjoyed a Greek wine was at a fantastic café in the West Village a few years ago. This realization prompted me to spontaneously pick up Semeli Mountain Sun Agiorgitiko 2008, and wonder why Greek wines aren’t lining the shelves in greater numbers.

Semeli Wines was founded in 1979 by George and Anna Kokotos. It is a boutique estate located in one of the most celebrated crus of Nemea and focuses on producing high quality,  handcrafted wines. George himself designed their unique tank feeding system which separates the grapes and pours them, using only gravity, to 24 different vinification vats, which creates “24 parallel, small wineries”.
Dark red-violet in colour, aromas of ripe cherry, sweet thyme and traces of chocolate swirled about in my glass. Tart cherry and lush black currents were underscored by dry, toasty oak elements in the medium body. Spicy black pepper, earthy tobacco and bitter chocolate notes intertwined in the lengthy finish. Friendly and smooth, this is a mellow glass great for the table.

100% Agiorgitiko
Nemea

Greece
Produced and Bottled by Semeli Winery
13% Alcohol
$14
Enjoy now thru 2013