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Gerovassiliou Malagousia 2016

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Winemaker Notes

#49 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2018

This wine is entirely produced from the Greek grape variety of Malagousia, which was saved from extinction due to the efforts of Vangelis Gerovassiliou.

Following skin contact in cold, vinification is carried out in stainless steel tanks at 65 °F, while some is vinified in French oak barrels. The wine is left with its lees to gain structure and body. It has a brilliant straw color with greenish shades and an aroma of matured fruit such as pear, mango and citrus. On the palate the rich flavors of lemon peel enhance the appealing mouthfeel, adding a well-balanced finish.

Pair with seafood, poultry, pasta dishes with light sauces fresh vegetable salads, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.

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W&S 94
Wine & Spirits
“It’s the Château Grillet of northern Greece,” one taster remarked. Like that famous French viognier, this malagousia stakes its own place among the many in Greece with its satin texture and restrained floral notes. Evangelos Gerovassiliou has been working with the variety since the 1970s, when he propagated it from an experimental plot at Porto Carras; it’s now the leading variety at his 138-acre estate south of Thessaloniki. His 2016 is bright and fresh, with a sea-salt edge that suggests serving it al fresco with grilled fish.
WS 91
Wine Spectator

A lovely nose of floral and citrus notes leads to expressive flavors of ruby red grapefruit granita and ripe yellow peach in this well-cut, light- to medium-bodied white. Lithe and lingering on the minerally finish. Drink now through 2023.

RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Malagouzia is mostly unoaked (about one-third of it was fermented in neutral oak for two months). It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. Showing surprising concentration and richness for this grape, this rolls over the palate and coats it nicely. It has good supporting acidity and the finish is long. Perhaps the oak treatment helps contribute to the wine feeling a bit more concentrated, but if there is a quibble, it does subdue the enticing aromatics that I love on this grape, just a bit. With air, it begins to seem like Malagousia again, but there is, perhaps, just a hint of smoke, too. This is still very fine, impressive for its solidity and freshness. It's a fine bargain, too. It should age for a few years, but don't hesitate to drink it now, when it is robust and exuberant.
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Gerovassiliou, Greece
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The Domaine Gerovassiliou was established in 1981 and is located approximately 25 km southwest from Thessaloniki. Today, 48 hectares are planted with Assyrtiko, Malagousia, Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc. The red varieties are Syrah, Merlot, Grenache Rouge, Limnio, Mavroudi and Mavrotragano and other local Greek red varietals. The area's climate is characterized as Mediterranean with a mild winter and a warm to cool summer that is cooled by the sea breeze.
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As one of the few continental-climate, mountainous growing areas of Greece, Macedonia produces notable, high-quality red wines. Xinomavro is its star variety, capable of making a spicy and age-worthy red.

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Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of white grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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