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The wines of Antonopoulos Vineyards

25th Martiou 101, Paralia Patron, Patras, 26500 Greece Tel: +30 (0) 1525459

Greek wines are attracting a lot of interest in the UK at the moment. Oddbins, in particular, has been promoting them heavily and carries a large range. This was a fascinating selection of wines from one of the better known quality producers, but I would have to say that the quality on offer is not as uniformly high as you would expect for the prices (10 for the Chardonnay and New oak, 5-7 for the other wines). My favourite was the appallingly named 'New Oak'.

Chardonnay Antonopoulos 1998
This is barrel fermented and aged in 100% new oak. Big nose of honey and caramel; quite savoury but unusual. I found it too quirky for my tastes.

Cabernet New Oak 1997
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Dense purple/black colour. Intense, medicinal nose that is odd but nice. On the palate there is plenty of dense, tannic fruit coupled with new oak. A concentrated, raw wine. Very good.

Private Collection 1997
70% St George 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Bright purple colour. Concentrated, herby, medicinal wine with a lifted, complex and bretty nose. Very good, but quite funky.

Mantinia 1998
This is a clean, fresh white wine that has been grown at a higher altitude (800 m). Plenty of fresh, waxy fruit, but a bit simple for my tastes.

Rhoditis Alepou 1998
From Patras, 100% Rhoditis grapes. An exotic, nutty nose and a nutty, waxy palate. Clean and tasty.

Adoli Ghis 1998
Full flavoured white with a nutty nose and clean, fresh palate. Good, but won't turn too many heads. Grown at 680 m altitude.

(Tasted November 1999)