An exploration of wine

948. Pella, Xi-Ro Cuvée Experimentale, NV

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Book 5 Wine 948

£17.50; 13%

An experimental blend of red Xynomavro and white Roditis, so no vintage date or appellation given. But experimental in another way, which the fantasy name perhaps is intended to convey: “zero” sulfur natural winemaking. And unfortunately I got the harsh end of that: fine bubbles indicative of re-fermentation, coupled with aromatics dominated by meaty game notes and barnyard (4-ethylguiacol?) suggesting brett infection. Such a pity, as it wasn’t really drinkable. This is simply as unacceptable a fault-rate as corked wine, especially at the £17.50 price-point! Disappointing and frustrating.

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