Saved from extinction - Greece's Pinot Noir

Saved from extinction - Greece's Pinot Noir

Christos Zafeirakis' family have lived in Tirnavos, in the foothills of Mount Olympus, for generations. It is a dry region, cooled by mountain breezes - the perfect place to grow the vanishingly rare local grape variety Limniona - Greece's answer to Pinot Noir.

This is a one-of-a-kind wine. I think of this variety as Greece's answer to Pinot Noir.

95 points

Nico Manessis, Decanter Magazine

Limniona was on the verge of extinction until Christos returned from learning to make wine in Italy (both in Piedmont and Tuscany). He now makes a rare varietal wine, fermented in old oak casks, from vines planted in 2005.

Comparisons with Burgundy are not far-fetched. Fresh red fruit flavours, fine tannins, beautiful freshness... It has a lovely balance. The 2015 is now starting to drink wonderfully, but older vintages suggest this will age extremely well and become even more Pinot-like.

Delicious! Savoury notes combine with well-played tannins on the palate. This is a great example of Limniona.

95 points

Yiannis Karakasis MW, Decanter Magazine

This is one of Greece's wine bargains. You could of course get this quality from Burgundy, but to find a wine like this with four years of age behind it, you would surely be looking at paying north of £50 a bottle - at least.

A beautiful wine.

95 points

Terry Kandylis, Decanter Magazine

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