Gerovassiliou Malagousia 2017

Ktima Gerovassiliou, Single Vineyard Malagousia, PGI Epanomi, Macedonia, Greece, 2017

On malagousia
An ancient Greek variety, producing full-bodied aromatic whites, with a profile including basil, exotic fruit, grapefruit, green bell pepper, lemon, lime, mango, mint, orange, peach, pear, rose petal, sage [1,2]. The profile is influenced strongly by time of harvest – if picked at < 11.5% potential alcohol the intensity is reduced, and if > 14%, becomes more muscat-like, and can be overpowering; the optimum lies between 12.5-13.5% [3]. In general acidity is low, the best being fresh, zesty and elegant [1].

Some wines exhibit a fine-grained texture (read tannic like grip), readily extractable from the thin skins, which can be accentuated by maceration on the skins [1]. It takes well to oak, and is oft blended with assyrtiko.

This wine: lot No. L18019B (on the capsule), varietal malagousia; maceration on the skins to extract aromatics, part fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel and part in seasoned French oak, aged on the lees for a few months with regular lees stirring, fined, blended and bottled; screw-cap closure, 13.5% abv, Old Bridge Wine Shop, £17.10 (10/18)

Consumer tasting note: pale lemon hued with aromas of yellow citrus, slightly richer unripe white peach and warm pear skin, then tea rose and touches of spice and anise; medium-full bodied, with a moderate grip from maceration on the skins and exposure to seasoned oak, with a palate of apricot, hints of a more tropical dimension, touches of tea rose and spice. Finishes long. Drink now – RTD, but will keep for 1-3 years – Wait. No need to decant.

WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.

Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of unripe white peach, lemon pith and juice, hint of lemon zest, a passing floral whiff of tea rose, spicy touches, touch of sugary confected richness, hints of green herbs, pear skin, the merest suggestion of anise.

Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a velvety texture with a moderate grip, with flavours of apricot, hint of richer papaya, grapefruit flesh, tea rose, spicy. A long length with a clean fresh finish of white stone fruit edged with citrus, and developing hints of tea rose on the end.

Quality: very good, perfectly balanced fresh acidity with alcohol, harmonious; a strong intensity throughout, with similar concentration; showing a moderate grip from extended skin maceration and/or exposure to not new oak (spice and anise), with a better than moderate youthful complexity, following into a long finish.

Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 1-3 years – perfectly balanced with a sound acid structure; a youthful, aromatic wine, with an attractive fresh profile, yet there is a feeling that the note of tea rose may come to dominate, suggestive of relatively early consumption.


  1. Wine Grapes. (2012.) Robinson, J., et al. Allen Lane.
  2. Malagousia, the Cinderellla of Greek grapes [online] accessed 27/01/19
  3. Malagousia grapes [online] accessed 27/01/19

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