Ktima Gerovassiliou, Viognier, Epanomi 2019 (1x75cl)
Grape Variety: Viognier
Bottle Size: 75cl
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Product Code: MAEP0001B19S
The 2018 vintage was awarded a Gold medal and 95 points at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details and review)
For other 2020 DWWA winners, click here.
Ktima Gerovassiliou is the brainchild of Evangelos Gerovassiliou. He initiated the revival of the family vineyard by planting the nearly extinct Malagousia in 1981. This state-of-the-art winery is now surrounded by 74 hectares of meticulously well cared vineyards on the slopes of Epanomi. Ktima Gerovassiliou guarantees consistent, high quality wines of international acclaim every year and his Malagousia remains the benchmark to this day.
At Ktima Gerovassiliou, the single, private 74-hectare vineyard is cultivated with great care and enthusiasm, which leads to constant research and experimentation with Greek and international varieties. New technological advances blend well with tradition throughout the vine growing and vinification processes to produce high quality wines that carry all the distinct characteristics of the terroir of Epanomi. The climate is Mediterranean with mild winters and hot summers, tempered by sea breezes. The vineyard is surrounded on three sides by the sea, which is three kilometres away, while its west side faces the Thermaic Gulf, Mount Olympus and the beaches of Pieria. The vines are grown in soils which are mainly sandy with a few clayey substrates and calcareous rocks. It is rich in sea fossils, as the surrounding hilly area was formed by sea deposits. The floral variety of Viognier was initially planted on the estate in 1993, under the supervision of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The vineyard is cultivated in compliance with ecologically sustainable management practices.
2019 was an excellent vintage, being cited as perhaps one of the best of the past 20 years. Winter was cold, but without extremely low temperatures. Bud-break started during the second half of March with flowering mid-May. May and June saw average temperatures and some rain showers; however on 10th July, heavy rains fell which replenished soil water reserves. From mid-July to the end of the harvest, daytime temperatures were consistently 30 to 32°C falling to 19 to 20°C at night. Harvested started on 12th August for the whites, producing slightly higher volume than the previous year. The wines are full-bodied, with excellent acidity and are rich in varietal aromas.
Vinification started with skin contact followed by barrel fermentation in new French oak. The wine was matured on its fine lees to enhance the rich creaminess and texture.
Benchmark Viognier with expressive aromas of exotic fruits, peach and pear combined with delicate hints of jasmine. Perfumed and elegant with a subtle smoky accent on the wonderfully long finish.
This wine is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.