2018 MALAGOUSIA, Ktima Gerovassiliou. Epanomi, Greece
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Area: From Thessalonika in northern mainland Greece, on the slopes of Mt Epanomi
Grape Variety: 100% Malagoussia, around half fermented and matured in used French oak, the other half in stainless steel, all kept on the lees for several months before bottling
Producer: Evangelas Gerovassiliou runs his family estate of 70 hectares and has almost single-handedly revived the fortunes of this ancient grape variety, which was almost extinct in 1971 when he re-planted it
Cellar Potential: Drink within 5 years of the vintage
Food Match: Great aperitif or match to spicy nibbles; also coping well with notoriously wine-unfriendly dishes like asparagus and globe artichokes
Old Bridge Rating: Unpronounceable but irresistible. Reminiscent of a top quality Viognier but with more freshness and a hint of pine and spice. Very Perfumed with creamy texture and impressive richness. Over-delivers at its price level
Press Reviews: For the 2016:
Silver medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 - "An elegant wine with a powerful nose of raspberries and roses. A big, creamy mouthfeel with a long, dry finish and lots of spice. Excellent!"
White Wine Trophy, 'Wine Merchant Awards' 2017.
Gold Medal, Sommelier Wine Awards 2017.
£18.50 per bottle
£17.58 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£16.65 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles