Xinomavro classifies as an interesting grape variety in my book. It makes wines that seem to taste a bit like Nebbiolo, and so it was a treat to try these two from Markovitis, one old and one a bit younger. They’re so lovely. UK agent is Indigo.
Markovitis Winery Xinomavro 2012 Naoussa, Greece
13.5% alcohol. This is just so good, and very Nebbiolo like. Slightly faded red colour with a bricking rim, this is structured and savoury, but also has nice cherry, strawberry and raspberry fruit. Some notes of tar and spice, and some attractive floral character, too. It has elegance, but also quite grippy tannins, very much in the Barolo mould. 93/100
Markovitis Chateau Pegasus 1999 Naoussa, Greece
12.5% alcohol. Now mature at age 19, this is savoury and quite elegant, with an earthy, spicy quality and some cherry and raspberry fruit, as well as a bit of tomato savouriness. It has some waxy, nutty old wine characters and a supple, refined sort of character. This is fully mature and quite delicious, and still has some structure. Nice to be able to find mature Xinomavro like this. 92/100