In a nutshell: A gloriously aromatic, rounded and balanced Greek red from the far south of the Peloponnese peninsula.
The lowdown: The area this is made is spectacularly scenic and has a history of viticulture going back to ancient times. The Monemvasios Winery make a wide range of wine featuring indigenous grapes of which this is a superb example. It's made mainly from one of Greece's major red varieties, Agiorgtiko, with about 10% Mavroudi and is a wine made to age gracefully. There are plenty of primary fruit flavours there which are complemented by notes of mocha, coffee, vanilla and nutty oak. The ripe and well integrated tannins give it a wonderfully velvety texture during the long lingering finish.
When to drink: An elegant, and complex wine that's a perfect match to red meat dishes, rich pasta recipes and mature cheeses.
The Monemvasia Winery which is actually in the village of Velies not far from the striking Peloponnese island of Monemvasia was founded in 1997 with a clear objective: to revive the production of Malvasia wine in its birth place. The Frankish name for Monemvasia is Malvasia, which originally lent its name to the wine. In the 12th century and for the subsequent 300 years, this wine ruled the European world. It is still produced in many countries, but until recently was not being produced in the country of its origin - Greece. The Monemvasia Winery created the first privately owned 121 hectares of vineyard, planted with local varieties. It is committed to producing quality wines which showcase the characteristics of the indigenous varieties and the terroir of the peninsula of Maleus.