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Semeli Feast White 2015

The Experience

Drink When...
The Persians are coming
Listen To...
Zorba's Dance
Think About...
Don't mess with the best, and the best won't mess
Drink With...
Fragrant Thai green curry

The Oddbins Take

‘THUS UZ SPAAARRGHHHTAA!!!!!!!’ So bellowed Gerard Butler at a troublesome guest in the film ‘300’, which tells the tale of Greece’s King Leonidas overcoming the Persians at Thermopylae with just 300 men. Well, fast-forward 2,493 years, and Sparta is a much more welcoming place and you can find another, more gentle Leonidas, seeing to his vines in Mantinia, from which he makes this fresh, rose-petal and lychee flavoured beauty. Dry, but with an abundance of floral perfume, this is a superb choice for a dry white drinker looking for something a bit different.

The Vital Statistics

Country
Greece
Region
Mantinia, Arcadia
Classification
PGI Peloponnese
Vintage
2015
Closure
Screwcap
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Residual Sugar
2.5 g/l
12.0%
Alcohol Units
9

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The Style

Grape
Moschofilero (100%)
Character
Crisp, Fresh
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

Notable Features

  • Suitable For Vegans

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Jane MacQuitty in The Times 16/11/13: "Good Greek wines remain a rarity but this lush, wonderfully aromatic white, made from moschofilero, bursts with exotic, musky, grapey, floral fruit, complete with an enticing spicy finish."

Decanter, March 2014: "As its name suggests, this is a great food wine from a producer founded in 1979. It is made from the indigenous Moschofilero grape common in this part of Greece. It's vibrant, fresh and has fine intensity, laden with ripe yet elegant exotic fruits and musky spice. A long finish too."

Oz Clarke in Notes From Oz Clarke', 19/8/14: "You’ve never had a Greek white wine that wasn’t full of pine resin and drunk with ice cubes on a baking beach? Now’s your chance. Oddbins have the best range of Greek wines on the high street, and this is a pale, scented, refreshing delight."

The Nassiakos family winery merged with Château Semeli about five years ago to form Semeli S.A. The Nassiakos Winery had been in existence for three generations, specialising in the Moschofilero grape variety, grown in the family vineyards in Mantinia, Peloponnese (modern day Sparta). Leonidas Nassiakos studied Oenology at Patras University in Greece, before joining the family winery to assist his father. In 2000 he became Head Winemaker at Chateau Semeli in Nemea, Peloponese, while still making wines at the family winery in Mantinia. In 2005 the two wineries amalgamated and Leonidas became the General Manager and Head Winemaker of the new Company, Semeli S.A. In Greece he is said to be known as 'the Master of Moschofilero'. His goal is simply to make good value, quality wines from indigenous Greek grape varieties.