Here at Matthew Clark we’ve been working hard to expand our wine range, with everything from Fine Wine to wines off the beaten track. Wines from countries such as Romania, Turkey and Greece are becoming increasingly popular at the moment. Previously known for being wines you just quaffed on holiday, you can now find some brilliant examples which offer great wine at a very competitive price.
With this in mind we’ve been looking at bringing some Greek wines in for a while now. I was given the exciting job of sourcing a producer, and I was really lucky that Katogi & Strofilia were exhibiting their Mountain Fish and White Dot wines at Prowein. Having tasted quite a few Greek Wines during the fair, it was on the last day that I stumbled upon these wines.
What drew me in first was the labels. Unlike a lot of wineries that have gone for traditional labels with Greek on them that consumers can’t read, these are immediately eye-catching, with a clean, modern design, in English, and with easy to remember names – just what you want!
Speaking to the export director Yiannis, I was even more excited when he told me the story behind the wines (as I’ve said before, wines with a story sell). White Dot refers to the large white stone, which sits on the mountain underneath which the vineyards are located. Mountain Fish refers to the village by the stone, called “Fish” in Greek, and the fact that the stream running down the mountain means there could be fish in the vineyard.
Finally (and most importantly), I was able to try the wines and taste how good they are. Both are made from native Greek Grape varieties – the white from Moschofilero and Rhoditis and the red from Agiorgitiko. The white has lovely aromas of rose petal, citrus and orange blossom, and is really fresh and lively only the palate, with loads of zingy citrus. Lees contact after fermentation means there is a lovely balanced, rounded finish. The red is also very fresh and aromatic, with wild cherry and strawberry on the nose, which is continued onto the palate. A warm fermentation means it has smooth velvety tannins and the spicy Agiorgitiko grape means it ends with hints of cloves and warm spices. The red is perfect now to drink on its own in front of the fire, or with soft cheese, and the white will be a perfect aperitif in the summer!
We’re really excited about adding these two wines to our portfolio, and can’t wait to share them with you. Take a look at our full Autumn Release list here.