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We offer you our most geographically diverse assortment of more than 70 wine reviews here, divided first by country – Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey, then by colour and then in descending score order. Again, the UK retailer Marks & Spencer deserves a pat on the back for the hard work put in to finding some genuinely interesting wines from a number of these wine-producing countries definitively off the beaten track.
Very healthy, glossy crimson. Some very smart oak, lightly applied. Firm, fresh fruit. Lots of everything: fruit, acidity and tannin. Definitely able to develop more. A fair price. QGV 14.5%
Deep coppery gold already. Mildly nutty nose but much less extreme than most qvevri wines. In fact I'm not sure they shouldn’t have gone the whole hog. And maybe it should not have been priced below the conventional Georgian white? Lots of grip on the palate and a certain whiff of furniture polish. Impossible (for me) to discern the variety. A curiosity rather than a pleasure. 12.5%
Reductive smoky nose with real tension. Great presence on the palate. Really mouthfilling but not at all sweet. Made in the modern not ancient way. Medium persistence. This would surely intrigue anyone. Fair price. 13%
Dark blackish purple. The fruit smells a little stewed. But on the palate it's very satisfying – much less tart and aggressive than many Saperavis and – just – testament enough of the undoubted qualities of this noble variety. Dry finish. Correct.
Clean and fragrant with an attractive undertow of molten honey and lively vegetation. Very good balance and interest. Old vines triumph yet again! 12%
Waitrose were also showing a Greek rosé! Very deep raspberry juice colour. Crushed bilberries. Dry finish. Lots of grip and character but quite enough fruit for the structure. A real mouthful of wine – bring on the mezze! 13%
Dark crimson. Thick and rich – very ripe indeed. Almost porty. Lots of potential and personality here but better if it had been picked just slightly earlier.14.5%
Light cherry red. The only Berry’s Greek with any international grape in it. A bit ordinary and chewy. 13%
Pale ruby. The oak is a little obvious but there is nice sun-baked fruit too. Really Mediterranean and dry rather than standard issue French model. Fun! Just the right side of rustic. Well done M&S for not putting it into a tuxedo. 14%
Slightly soft and floral. Great packaging but not as energetic as I'd like.
Dark ruby. A hint of the large old oak barrels in which it was matured and then the trademark freshness of Blaufränkisch (called Kékfrankos in Hungary). Damson fruit. Very clean and no ersatz sweetness. 12.5%
Dry, black fruit, soft tannins. Rather conventional, standard European red. No particular distinguishing features, and a slightly bitter finish. (RH)14%
Slightly leafy with a dark black fruit core. Not dissimilar to bordeaux. Firm structure, with a little spicy complexity hinting at what might be to come. (RH)14%
Rich, plummy fruit. Soft tannins with a full body. Plump. Savoury finish keeps it Old World, but the fruit is very modern and sleek. (RH)14.5%
Strong medicinal character. Wood varnish too. Probably too stylised to appeal broadly. Hard tannic finish. (RH)13%
Slightly industrial nose. Certainly not underpriced. Pears. 12%
Very, very deep blackish crimson. Mouthfilling with a little bit of sweetness and lots of grip. You'd need food with this. Falls away a little on the finish. Not quite as fiery and characterful as I remember the Vranac of old as being. 14%