It is a white wine created with a strict selection of the vineyards, the clones of Malagouzia and with no deviation from the opinion and the vision of the winemakers.
The vinification is based on skin contact at very low temperatures and with long extraction (36 hours). The aromatic potential of the fine lees is also used, giving intense aromas, complexity and long-lasting taste as well as a rich texture to the wine.
Review by Nico Manessis*:
Kanakaris Winery Malagousia 10^3 2022
One of the few varietals of note
These northern oriented balconies above of the gulf of Corinth are emerging with a brighter future than lower altitudes. Vineyards of this boutique estate are found at 1.000m. Diurnal is important with the afternoon breezes another key factor. If it rains it is these winds that come to the rescue drying up the plants avoiding fungus to set.
The tasting room comes with some view. Below is a light show of ever changing hues. If there is an experienced hand around these hillsides it is Tasos Drosiadis. I remember him out of oenology school over 30 years ago. He understands these high terraces seems at ease with perhaps the most popular of grapes. New to Greek wine think of a more aromatic fatter Torontes.
Pale golden, green tints. Bright fruited, initially relative austere for this fragrant often flabby grape. White summer flowers, honeysuckle? Botanic notes. The palate is a delight. Compact fruit and a pretty seamless mineral core. Another factor for this serious expression is that at this altitude grape maturity ripens slower. It has depth that lack in the sea of quaffing easy styles out there. It shows in the full flavour profile yet the 12% vol is the wines trump card. It is a wholesome expression that merits your attention. It has gastronomic talents. One of the few balanced varietals of note.
*Few words about the author:
Nico Mannesis is a specialist commentator of Greek wine.Author of The Greek Wine Guide and the Illustrated Greek Wine Book.
Co-producer of the award winning documentary ‘Pelicans Watch’ on Santorini and its vineyards.
International wine judge, speaker and lecturer.
For 30 years he has clocked 870.000klm. Nico continues unabated to travel dicovering new talent in this historic vineyard.
He is currenty researching new documentaries