Naoussa Single Vineyard Xinomavro 2016

Naoussa Single Vineyard Xinomavro 2016, Apostolos Thymiopolous 13.5%, Greece

(£15.50, The Wine Society)

The Greek grape variety Xinomavro literally translates as ‘sour black’.

So this gives you some idea of the kind of punch it can pack. (Susie describes it as, ‘like Nebbiolo on speed’.)

This rendition is pretty aromatic (floral, wild berries with jammy hints) and then grippy and thrilling on the palate, with juicy berry acidity and firm, chalky tannins.

It may not be for everyone but it’s different and entrancing in its own way – not to mention great value. It works best with food – we enjoyed it with roast lamb and watermelon salad, as well as koftas.

[Drink Well Eat Well – Mediterranean Diet]

(Susie, 7.5/10, Feb 2019)