I like to tell the story of how one night I took home a sample of an Italian white wine
and put it in the fridge. Later I opened it and when I tasted it I got excited-it was
fabulous-and very unusual. I went to look at the label to see where in Italy it was from
and I saw “Gerovassiliou Malagousia” on the label-hardly Italian. My husband Nikos
Antonakeas is Greek, and I guessed he was given a sample to taste. Since he was in
Europe, he missed out on this terrific bottle. No matter-the next day I bought it for
our store. I hope you like it as much as I do.-Roberta Morrell
This wine is entirely produced from the Greek grape variety of Malagousia that was saved from extinction due to the efforts of Vangelis Gerovassiliou.
Further to skin contact to enhance the extraction of aromas, it is partially barrel-fermented and then matures on its lees for a few months, gaining depth in flavour and floral aromas. It has a brilliant straw colour with greenish shades and an aroma of matured fruit such as pear, mango and citrus.
Gold medal - Decanter World Wine Awards, London
Gold Medal - International Wine Competition of Thessaloniki
Special award to the white wine with the highest mark, derived from a vineyard certified by Sustainable Practices - International Wine Competition of Thessaloniki
Domaine Gerovassiliou: Winery of the year 2012 - Wine and Spirits
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP):
"The 2010 Malagousia may be my favorite yet from the winery - not to criticize earlier examples, which show well. Now, part of the aging is done in second and third pass oak. It handles the oak remarkably well - you hardly notice that there is any. The wine seems to have more solidity, but it is remains beautifully balanced, fresh, aromatic and a little herbaceous; and it has a juicy succulence that made it quite appealing."
Wine Spectator (WS):
"This buttery white features rich, lush flavors of lanolin, white cherry and ripe peach, taking on plenty of cream accents. The broad finish is rich, exotic and tropical-tasting, with mango notes and hints of smoke."