Wine of the Week: A Graceful Greek
November is upon us and Halloween has come and gone, days grow shorter and shorter and sometimes the sky graces us with a beautiful sunset offset by leafless threes making for spooky shadow play. On these evenings we often pour something red in our wine glass, but for those who goes searching, there can be found gold in Vinmonopolet’s shelves. This week we have wondered to the ancient Greek shores.
Greece isn’t the first country you think of when you think of quality wines. Often the only Greek wines we have had or cheap wines found at restaurants. But lately there has been a small revolution in Greece and the rise in quality has been great. It makes for some new and interesting acquaintances, and this week we welcome the grape Malagouzia to our collection. This grapes was virtually extinct until it was found again in the 1970’s and has been revived to what we now can get. And it is a great grape!
This weeks wine comes from the Amyndeon plateau north in Greece from the producer Alpha Estates. It was founded in 1997 by the experienced viticulturist Makis Mavridis and chemist-oenologist Angelos Iatridis, who, after years of experience in various locations of Greece, chose the Amyndeon region to create his own wine. Respect to nature, combined with high quality and deeply eco-friendly growing practices and the typicity of the produced wines are possible with the implementation of mild, sustainable integrated viticulture and winemaking practices, based on the most recent international standards.
Malagouzia Single Vineyard Turtles 2019 – 211,90 kr
A first for me. Very good Greek wine. At first it gave me hints of a Sancerre but after a few minutes there were more dept to this wine. On the nose, gooseberry and freshly cut grass. It feels quite weighted in the mouth. Honey, oranges, clementine in the mouth. Good acidity to balance the wine. Very long and very smooth.
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