Ktima Gerovassiliou, Single Vineyard Malagousia, PGI Epanomi, Macedonia, Greece, 2017
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% . In general acidity is low, the best being fresh, zesty and elegant .
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 . 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.