‘Ktima’ can be translated to Estate. Therefore this wine is an estate blend of Syrah, Merlot and Limnio. This wine reminded me of an earthy gamey Chateauneuf du Pape. It is delicious and at a great age for drinking. Has to be paired with roast lamb.
Evangelos Gerovassiliou was born in the village of Epanomi in 1951 He studied in Thessaloniki and later in France. In 1987 he established his Estate winery and soon after bottled his first wines. These wines have been regularly receiving the highest awards in all the prestigious international wine competitions.
Macedonia – The Northern most part of Greece that survived war, phylloxera and emigration to now be thriving. PDO Naoussa makes possibly the best wines in Greece from Xinomavro. The whites of Epanomi PGI and Sparkling wines of Amyntaio PDO and Florina PGI are worth a mention too.
Limnio – Native to the Greek island of Lemnos this makes sturdy red wines withplenty of colour, acid and tannin. There are flavours of mineral, bay leaves, herbal and red fruits.
Shiraz/Syrah – A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.
Merlot – It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus they are almost not needed.