Christos Kokkalis is known as one of Greece’s top winemakers; Well, at least for us Germans, because as far as I know, this Greek pharmacist who once lived in Germany and came back for realizing his dream of a winery only sells his wines on the German market so far. His Cabernet Sauvignon named Trilogia was thus solely acclaimed by the German wine scene as being able to play in the league of great Bordeaux wines.
But his entry level wine, a cuvee named Mova, isn’t much less interesting. Being a cuvée of Cabernet and 75% Agiorgitiko, one of the noble Greek red varieties, it might even more than its big brother deserve the label of a typical Greek Terroir wine.
It is dark colored, nearly black but with purple gleams. The nose smells intensely, in a nearly bizarre manner even of Tar; like when you drive with open windows nearby a road construction site. On the other hand It could also be something like burnt rubber. Anyhow, it doesn’t smell repulsive, rather very interesting. Perhaps the nose also reminds the scent of burnt herbs or dried olives. As such it is reminiscent of Greek countryside air during Easter time, when families would gather to grill whole lambs and muttons on open fire.
On the palate ripening and mellowing tannins are lending a solid structure to the wine. There is a nice balance too: slightly bitter aromas reminding grapefruit are in harmony with fruitier berry flavors. But some more tart flavors like pencil lead are also included. The finish is medium long with some fresh notes. Slight grapefruit bitterness remains much longer though. This is a beautiful wine with lots of personality which clearly reaches the 90 points range for my taste. I believe that it slowly comes near to its peak, but on the other hand I can also imagine it to improve over another year.