Avantis Estate, Agios Chronos, Evia, Central Greece, Greece, 2015
Platinum - Best in Show: Best in Show
92% Shiraz, 8% Viognier
Greece's second largest island has its indigenous specialities, but the wine which caught our judges' attention was this Cote-Rotie-like blend of Syrah, or Shiraz, with 8% Viognier. It's already almost four years old, but you wouldn't know it from its dark black-purple colour; the aromas are full of sweet enchantment, both floral and fruited, while in the mouth the wine is soft, bright and lively, without any sense either of hot-country forcing or weight, or of exaggerated winery confection. More flowers enliven the swish blackcurrant and black cherry fruits. Totally convincing, and a great blind-tasting wine to get your friends guessing.