In light of my good experience with a Naoussa red wine last week I decided to give another a go. This time a 2003 Grande Reserve from Boutari’s Naoussa estate. This wine should have some things in common with Dyo Elias, such as the region and company, but is an older wine comprising 100% Xinomavro grape. My limited grasp of Greek precludes me from obtaining any more useful information from the bottle though. Having obtained this at Greek duty free, I am not sure of its availability in the UK.
This was a very different beast to Dyo Elias. The colour is pale ruby, with some browning at the edges. The smell by contrast is extremely pungent; bright and fruity but with cigar box and chocolate hints and tones of dried apricots. However, the taste was a letdown in comparison. At first it is overwhelmed by tannins, perhaps suggesting that this should age more. This tannin hit drops off abruptly to a softer finish, but one that was too weak after the initial kick. Having said that, the wine did seem to mellow after an hour or two of being open and a more rounded wine appeared, showing up some of the rich and long lasting flavours of the Xinomavro. This might need to be aged or decanted for better drinking.
Naoussa Grande Reserve 2003
Naoussa, Macedonia, Greece
Athens Airport Duty Free - price unknown but somewhere between £15 and £20