Why you should never underestimate Greek wine – and five bottles to look out for

Filos Estate assyrtiko Aspri Petra 2021

Florina, Greece (13%, Aldi, £6.99)

Keenly priced assyrtiko from a single vineyard in north-west Greece. It’s unoaked but quite ripe and full in flavour and texture, with oranges, peaches and a dab of honey mid-palate, though it finishes dry. Really good with creamy pasta sauces.

Tetramythos roditis 2021

Patra, Greece (12.5%, The Wine Society, £10.50)

The roditis grape delivers a really snappy, crisp white, bone-dry with lemon and lime zest and a distinctive saltiness on the finish. The grapes were grown organically at high altitude on the slopes of Mount Helmos in the Peloponnese, which accounts for the racy acidity. It’s a star match for feta cheese and black olives and, of course, a classic Greek salad.

Myrtia Moschofilero assyrtiko rosé 2021

Peloponnese, Greece (12.5%, Marks & Spencer, £10, down to £8 until August 8)

A blend of the pink-skinned moschofilero grape with white assyrtiko, again grown at high altitude in the Peloponnese. It also has a subtle salinity and pithy citrus notes combined with a wisp of red berry. Very dry; a refreshing summer aperitif.

Found xinomavro mandilaria 2020

Macedonia, Greece (13.5%, Marks & Spencer, £9.50

The blend of xinomavro with the richly hued mandilaria was made by Apostolos Thymiopoulos, one of Greece’s star winemakers (some of his wines are also stocked by The Wine Society). There’s a come-hither scent of spiced red cherries and more cherry, both red and black, along with a rich seam of dark chocolate on the palate. 

Seméli Nemea reserve 2017

Peloponnese, Greece (13%, The Wine Society, £13.50)

Wonderfully aromatic red made from the agiorgitiko grape in Nemea. It has spent 12 months in French oak barrels, emerging with clove and nutmeg sprinkled over ripe blackberry and plum fruit. The five years of ageing has given it a mellow, rounded texture. A great wine for roast lamb.

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