Who would pay almost 30 euros for half a litre of a Greek sweet wine you’ve never heard of?
Of course I listen to people I do trust when it comes to wine. But most of all I trust my curiosity and will to make my own decisions. The only way I can learn more about wine is simply by daring and by not allowing prejudice to decide for me. Sometimes I win, sometimes I just add some more wine to the freezer for future cooking. The 2004 Ktima Montofoli from the island of Euboea east of Athens were never close to the fridge….
So, Greek grapes. For the dessert wine the estate uses four grape varieties; Assyrtiko, Aidani, Athiri and Liatiko. Some you might recognize, as for example the first two, intimately linked to the island of Santorini. Athiri is mainly associated with Rhodos and Liatiko with Crete. The Montofoli Estate planted the vines roughly 25 years ago. Knowing the grapes were sun-dried I kind of new what to expect but still; what a pleasant surprise to pop!
Picking is selective and takes place during a longer period. The grapes are then sun-dried for two weeks before the fermentation. Aging in French oak for a year and then up to two years in bottle before release.
2004 Ktima Montofoli
A real seducer on the nose. Toasted oak, acacia honey, some burnt sugar and dried apricots. The bouquet shows some similarity to a sweet fortified Douro Moscatel but still it’s pretty unique. On the palate the acidity is a most welcome feature, adding freshness and balancing the sweetness. 16 percent alcohol plays a role when I write down long finale, but still, it’s such a delicious and pure feeling and you just know that you can’t wait for another sip.
Yet a great Greek. When will you have one?
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