Assyrtiko by Gaia Wild Ferment 2014, Nemea, Greece
Greece these days is more synonymous with general Mediterranean indolence, tax evasion and welshing on its debts than serious wine making. Indeed for most people Greek wines = the terrible abomination that is the traditional pine-scented Retsina. But Greece has a multi millennial history of winemaking and boasts one of the world's richest trove of indigenous grape varieties. Didn't Homer speak of the wine dark sea? This is one such example: a rich, complex full bodied wine made from the native Assyrtiko variety. Its particular claim to fame was that it won the 2015 Japan Wine Challenge.