Full bottle, 1,292 g. Dry-farmed vines in central (Rethymno) and eastern (Sitia) Crete at 580–800 m. Hand-harvested, three-day maceration for colour extraction, fermented in tank with organic yeasts. Vegan friendly. TA 5 g/l, pH 3.59. Light cherry red. Intense and fresh red-cherry fruit on the nose, nicely dusty. Juicy, full of red fruits and given a firm structure by the tannins. Straightforward and refreshing now but has the structure to pair well with food. The producer suggests moussaka, pizza, oven-baked tuna with tomatoes. Acidity is just right and the tannins increase the freshness. This really does need food. Chewy, honest, perhaps slightly rustic in a good way, more scented on the day after opening. I think this will be more interesting in a year or two and will probably age longer than I have suggested, even if that is not the intention.

Julia Harding MW - Jancis Robinson (16+)