MATT'S WINE NOT! MANTINIA NASIAKOS 2008 GREEK WHITE WINE

To be honest dear reader, I am one to try and seek out wines from all over the world. I don't want to focus say, only on French reds (although I do enjoy them quite a bit); I want to see what the world has to offer (and I do say this is a far cheaper way to "travel" than by air...and one could say the boozy affects makes one "travel" anyway! But I digress).

Ah, Greece. It was a pleasure to discover this wine from the land of Zeus and Hercules, and I consider it a pleasurable duty to review this wine simply because of the fact that Ancient Greece had a wine deity - Dionysus (Bacchus to you Roman lovers).


This wine featuring grape clippers on the label (I sure as hell hope they're not dental implements) was made from 100% Moschofilero grapes, which is a noted gray-skinned (yup!) grape of Greek origins, found chiefly in the Peloponnese region. Where is Peloponnese? Well, Greece, duh!! I didn't get an audition for Jeopardy! for nothing...

So! Slip on a toga, if you have a friend called "Newton," invite them over, it's time to indulge!

First, you know you're getting authentic goods: remove the foil, and the cork is sealed with a tape with Greek writing (that purple bit I taped around the cork in the pic)...don't ask what it says, I haven't a clue, and there's only so far I'll go for you dear reader! (Send me some free wine and then we'll talk.)

The cork itself is quite unique: some kind of synthetic plastic made with the copyrighted name of "Supercap." Fascinating...

It poured a light, bordering faint, yellow hue, and looked fresh and crisp. How can one describe "fresh and crisp" by looks alone? I'm not sure really, but it isn't thick or syrupy like some heavier bodied, higher alcohol red wines - so I stand by what I say! Or type...

A fragrant nose is present of appley goodness, with tones of apricot, and is scintillating in its cleanness and lightness, like sun rays gently peering through the clouds of Mount Olympus. Yup. The bottle noted scents of mint and roses. Shows what I know!!

Tasty time presented a peachy/appley taste, which wasn't too strong, but was more subtle. This wine also featured the trifecta of some dryness, sweetness, and acidity, so there is almost something for everyone to be had!

This white was not one of those lesser whites with weak body or depth of taste, but did pack a fairly good punch in the taste department, with some sourness and acidity, and a flavour of dried apricots in the aftertaste coming to.

So! This award winning wine - it won a Silver at the International Wine and Spirit Competition and was marked a "Best in Class," certainly is a winner with this wineophile. As noted, it had a mix of features (dryness, acidity, and sweetness) and pleasant fruity notes in scent and taste. Head over to your wine press and get one today, or, if unavailable, your local wine distributor and enjoy this gift of the gods today. Olympiaaaaaaaaa!!

***1/2 out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$15.95 (US$14.88).

From LCBO.com:

NASIAKOS MANTINIA 2008, 750 mL bottle
LCBO/Vintages #143032
Wine, White Wine
12% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: XD
Made in: Peloponnese, Greece
By: Nasiakos Wines

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