Bizios Nemea Agiorgitiko 2011
Elias Bizios is the son of a viticulturist. He was born and raised in Asprokampos, Nemea, a mountainous village that has an altitude of 900 meters. In 1998 he set up the Bizios winery with many years of experience learnt from his viticultural father. Bizios Estate wines are the genuine expression of the unique terroir of Asprokambos and blend the old with the new keeping the tradition of winemaking alive today. The organic vineyards show an absolute respect to the environment and are ideally expressed through the organic wines they produce. This Agiorgitiko is no exception.
Agiorgitiko is an indigenous variety to the Nemea region of Peloponnese that in ancient Greece was known as Hercules’ Blood due to the mythological association with the demi-God.
This Nemea Agiorgitiko is made from 100% organic grapes grown in a tiny 2.2 hectare area of old vines. Ageing takes place in a combination of new and old French and American oak casks for 12 months, at which point the wine has additional bottle ageing of a minimum of 6 months prior to release.
The result is a richly concentrated wine with notes of smoke, vanilla, meat, spice and dark berries alongside a plethora of vibrant red cherry and strawberry. The wine is full with smooth but grippy tannins and a complex finish. If you closed your eyes, it could easily be mistaken for a robust Syrah from the Rhone Valley.