Malagousia 'Single Vineyard' Gerovassiliou, Epanomi, Greece 2015

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Malagousia 'Single Vineyard' Gerovassiliou, Epanomi, Greece 2015

17.50

This is a superb Malagousia from Vangelis Gerovassiliou, the man who saved the grape from almost certain extinction in the early 1980s. It sees slightly longer skin contact than a typical white wine and is partly fermented in stainless steel and partly in French oak, but neither the wood nor the long maceration upstage the fruit, which is so silky and gentle, suffused with nectarine, grapefruit, lemon blossom, jasmine, white pepper and lime. It's impossible not to be seduced by its fruity concentration and zesty complexity. 13.5% alc. Screwcap. Drink now-2018.

From Decanter Magazine:

Malagousia is an ancient variety that almost died out before it was revived by Vangelis Gerovassiliou through his work at Domaine Carras in the 1970s and 1980s. 

His rescue mission leapt ahead in 1981 when he revamped the Gerovassiliou family vineyards and began planting indigenous and international grapes, as well as building a new winery.

"Malagousia has a great aromatic character, but is also sensitive to rot, which is the likely reason for its near extinction," says Gerovassilou. It ripens early and favours sandy and clay-limestone soils without much humidity. Direct exposure to sunlight destroys the aromas, so managing the leaf canopy to diffuse the sunlight is essential.

"At our estate we have excellent terroir. We have mild winters and hot summers with constant, cool sea breezes, as the ocean is just 2.5km away. This means the grapes achieve perfect maturation and aromas."

Reviews:

"Treat yourself to this peachy, jasmine-scented white of absolute splendour - you'll never look back." - Olly Smith, The Daily Mail, 1st May 2016

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