We're in a red wine mood. Alright, finally the sun's out but this evening the idea of a lovely warm red wine in front of a favourite film and the smell of dinner on just captured our imagination for introducing you to this wine.
Here it is: our wonderful Gaia Agiorgitiko PDO Nemea 2014, a very moreish red wine! Made from 100% Agiorgitiko grapes, which are grown in the Peloponnese in Greece, specifically in the EU Protected Domain of Origin (PDO) Nemea. It's here in Nemea where you will find the finest examples of Agiorgitiko wines.
In Gaia’s version, which is supported by a multi-million euro winery, you have a fruity, alluring style of Agiorgitiko; medium bodied, rounded with gentle oak maturation and fab aromas of seductive dark berry fruit. Following fermentation, the wine is matured 225l French oak barrels that round off tannins, adding structure and complexity to the wine.
When it comes to food, Gaia Agiorgitiko PDO Nemea is a wonderful match alongside sliced & grilled beef with a fresh green leaf salad.
Above: the two founders of Gaia Estates
Gaia Estates was founded by two Greeks in 1994. Yiannis Paraskevopoulos (Agriculturalist and PhD in Enology from the University of Bordeaux II) and Leon Karatsalos (Agriculturalist).
They have two wineries, one in Santorini producing a range of whites including Assyrtiko, and one in Nemea, producing their world-famous Agiorgitiko wines.
In 1996, investor Christina Legaki took a third share in Gaia Estates and the group grew considerably larger. This meant Gaia Estates could produce their wines on a larger scale but also gave them the opportunity to experiment with more styles of wine as well. Today, a Gaia Estates vintage can produce over 350,000 bottles of wine.
Agiorgitiko is grown almost exclusively in Nemea, north-east of Peloponnese. In total, 3,000 hectares of vines cover the region of Nemea and most of this is made up of Agiorgitiko. The vines are vigorous and productive in Greece’s Mediterranean climate, which makes Agiorgitiko a popular option for wine-makers.
As the grape also makes a medium-bodied, rather than full, red wine, it has gained popular appeal with the domestic market as well as abroad.
This has encouraged plantings of Agiorgitiko, especially in Nemea where it has premium status.
When young, Agiorgitiko is made up of red berries and blackberry jam aromas; some say they get butterscotch on the nose. As it ages, the flavours mature into dried fruits like prunes and raisins while the tannins soften further.