Malagousia Natur, Tetramythos

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Malagousia Natur, 2019, Tetramythos

An aromatic and textural white with great depth and balance

Region: Peloponnese, Greece
Grape(s): Malagousia
Genre: Organic
Low Sulphur: Yes
Tasting Notes: Jasmine, honeysuckle, orange zest, lemon, dried herbs

Panagiotis Papagiannopoulos is one of the leading lights in Greek wine making. He is the winemaker at Tetramythos, an estate owned by brothers Aristides and Stathis Spanos, which is organically farmed and using mostly local grape varieties. It is situated near Ana Diakopto, overlooking the Gulf of Corinth, and this warm and wild place is moderated by the cooling Mediterranean breezes, the northerly facing aspect of the slopes and the fact that their vineyards are planted between 650 and 1050m above sea level. This creates wines that are ripe but balanced well with acidity. Their ‘natur’ line is wines that are bottled with very little, if any, added SO2, and are pure expressions of this unique terroir and its indigenous grapes.

100% Malagousia planted on rocky clay soils, the grapes come from a single vineyard at 715 metres. The hand-harvested grapes undergo a cold soak for 30 hours to extract some body and flavour but only the free run juice is kept, resulting in a textural white wine. Spontaneous alcoholic fermentation is followed by spontaneous malolactic fermentation meaning this is a rich white wine with strong aromatics of jasmine, honeysuckle, citrus and some green herbs, balanced with refreshing acidity.