Tsantali Organic Cabernet 2011
Juicy ripe red fruit and a real leafy/earthy character in this great-value Cabernet from Greece.
An organic red wine from Tsantali that pours a beautiful and youthful ruby red colour. This wine is something really rather special on the nose. It shows off juicy cherry aromas laced with cedar wood and a herbaceous quality, even some subtle mint notes as well. At £9.49 (Waitrose, Feb 2015) it’s alluringly good value as well.
However, not all that complexity you get on the nose is carried across onto the palette, which is a shame given that’s the bit we should be enjoying most. On the palette you get quite a grassy flavour, while the fruit is less cherries and more blackcurrant, some of which is dulled by jagged oak.
Not to say this isn’t a good wine – it’s actually a great one, and I would highly recommend buying a bottle, but when it gives your nostrils such great expectations it’s a bit of a shame to not have them carried through.
Fruity, earthy and elegant, this wine is an ideal match with lamb and shows off centuries of excellent Greek wine-making – at great value too.