It is common sense, Greece needs to promote it’s indigenous gifted varieties. But what if you have ordered a juicy filet and a friend comes over, with something odd … a Greek alternative to Pomerol. Yes! we are gonna talk Merlot!
Wine maker is Palivos Estate, in the region of Nemea, in Peloponissos, mostly known (as all Nemea producers) for his good work with Agiorgitiko grape. Feeling obligated to allow this region to prove its uniqueness, less than a hectare planted with Merlot, giving the chance to experiment with this usually underestimated grape.
The yields are lowered to 5000 kg/hectare, resulting in annual production of 3.200 bottles.
Vinification: Three days cold maceration, and then must stay in tank for 23 days. Aged for 20 months in new French barrels, and 1 year in bottle.
Decanted for 2,5 hours. Deep ruby, almost black. Complex nose full of black cherries, black pepper, plum, hints of herbal, and evident oak (less vanilla and more smoke). Some animal notes are also there along with dark chocolate. Palate with same aromas, full body, medium acidity, many but round tannins, and medium+ lasting.
One of the best Greek Merlot, slightly overoaked for my standards.
Sales points outside Greece can be found here
Retail price in Greece: about 17 euros / 22$
Value for money: Very Good