Oikonomoy Liatiko, Crete 2006

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Oikonomoy Liatiko, Crete 2006

29.95

I know, I know, I can sense your eyebrows rising sceptically… a wine from Crete, which is made from Liatiko (an indigenous variety you’ve likely never heard of), is 9 years old, costs £29.95 and sounds like a Brummie saying ‘economy’. Have we lost our senses?! But these are exactly the credentials we would like to use in our defence, because we wouldn’t make life difficult on ourselves for no good reason. Piedmont meets Puglia meets an old Chateau Musar in this wonderfully perfumed, complex and deliciously mature red. It’s an amazing drop with a high-toned nose that you can get lost in: dried herbs, cherries, tobacco, tomato leaf, leather and then a palate that fills every corner of the mouth with its flavours and thanks to the 9 years of bottles age, its texture is harmonious, its tannins seamless, and it has a finish that lingers and lingers. 13.5% alc. Drink now.

Olly Smith (The Mail on Sunday): "A pale savoury Cretan beauty to rival classic European reds such as Italian Barolo."

 

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