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2016 Nerantzi Malagousia 750ml

2016 Nerantzi Malagousia

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Producer: Kourtaki


Price: $19.99

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Varietal: Malagousia
Malagousia is an aromatic white variety grown primarily in Central Greece and Greek Macedonia. The variety was rescued from near extinction in 1983 by the winemaker Evangelos Gerovassiliou, after he planted out his vineyard at Epanomi, on the Halkidiki peninsula, with the variety. Malagousia is best known for its citrus and peach characteristics, often showing various melon flavors on the palate. It is often used as a blending agent, most notably with Assyrtico, to which it adds middle body weight.

Country: Greece
With nearly 30 centuries of wine making and responsible for spreading vines across much of the Mediterranean, it goes without saying that Greece is steeped in viticultural history. Given that most grapes grown today go into making raisins and table grapes and that production normally on a very small traditional scale, wine is a relatively small part of the agricultural sector. That said, vineyards are planted in all parts of the country from as far south as the island Crete all the way to the most northern limits of the country in regions such as Goumenissa. The countries specialty is Retsina; before glass or oak barrels were used, earthenware was the favored material for making vessels, however given how porous it can be the Amphorae's were lined with resin to become air tight. The result was a wine with a distinct and desirable flavor. Today Retsina wine is replicated by adding small pieces of pine resin to the fermenting must until the first racking separates wine from all solids. The Muscat of Sámos is probably the country's second most favorite wine. Grown on high elevations on terraces plots on the islands steepest hillsides it appears in three distinct styles; Sámos Doux, a vin de liqueur, Sámos Vin Doux Naturel, and Sámos Nectar, made from dried in the sun.

Region: Macedonia
Greek Macedonia (Makedonia) is an expansive region in northern Greece, bordered by the Republic of Macedonia, Albania and Bulgaria to the north and the Aegean Sea in the south. The semi-mountainous vineyards in the region are extensively planted to Xynomavro, along with Roditis, Limnio and the more-international Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety. Macedonian red wines are noted for their firm tannins and big flavors, and the best examples are among Greece's most-sought-after reds. Grapes have been grown in the ancient region of Macedonia for thousands of years, as evidenced by ancient grape pips discovered in eastern Macedonia. Coins and ceramics from the 5th Century BC denote wine production in the classical period, and Macedonian amphorae have been found across Europe, suggesting that the wines were exported around the Mediterranean. Macedonian wine production continued into the Byzantine era, particularly on the Halkidiki Peninsula, where the monks of Mount Athos were cultivating extensive vineyards.


Type: White
White wine is a wine whose color can be pale-yellow, yellow-green, and yellow-gold colored. The wine is produced from a variety of grape varieties. The flavor and color comes from the juice of the grape and sometimes the skin of the grape as well. Interestingly, not all white wine comes from white grapes. Some select red grapes are used as in Champagne.