Nico Lazaridi, provided by The Greek Deli
These two Magic Mountain wines from Nico Lazaridi are the most impressive of the six I have tasted and really rather superb.
With international grape varieties and techniques, they have no particular Greek personality - but are just excellent wines in their own right. Tasted blind, I would probably guess at them being from some progressive French chateau in a classic region such as Bordeaux or the Rhone in a good year.
They have an Old World precision, restraint and food friendliness but are also technically very well made indeed. With plenty of stuffing, they feel substantial with significant aging potential.
Magic Mountain White 2012
Golden sandy yellow; pineapple, apricots and some musky sweet spice.
Sweet ripe dried pineapple and apricot pieces, ripe honeydew melon and baked apples-and-pears sprinkled with spice; rich and succulent, concentrated with mouthwatering, zippy lime freshness and the sweet vanilla of some new oak.
Elegant yet substantial; deft and harmonious. A modern classic; will surely improve with age.
Match with rich, Alsatian-type dishes such as roast pork or tarte flambee.
Magic Moutain Red 2008
Dark purple in the glass, complex nose of ripe dark berry fruits, roasted spices, undergrowth and leather; sweet, ripe elderberry and black cherry fruits, vibrant acidity and pepperiness, underpinned by a savoury minerality.
Very fine, ripe and persistent tannins - some firmness on the finish.
At six years, it is drinking nicely now and feels just ready and harmonious - will improve and evolve for more years to come.
Match with plain roast red meat, such as lamb, beef or venison.
The wines are also available in Cambridge at The Olive Grove.
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