Ktima Gerovassiliou, Epanomi, Chardonnay 2019 (1x75cl)
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Bottle Size: 75cl
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Product Code: MAEP0007B19S
Awarded a Gold medal and 95 points at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
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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 72 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.
The Chardonnay vines have been cultivated on the estate since 1983. The soil is mainly sandy with some clayey substrates and calcareous rocks. It is rich in sea fossils, as the surrounding hilly area was formed by sea deposits. The climate in the region of Epanomi is Mediterranean with mild winters and hot summers, tempered by sea breezes, as the vineyard is surrounded by the sea on three sides. This is a low yielding vineyard, which is meticulously cultivated in compliance with ecologically sustainable management practices. The vineyard is managed by hand, including the harvest.
2019 was an excellent vintage, being cited as perhaps one of the best of the past 20 years. Winter was cold, with snow, 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.
Cold skin-contact maceration took place at the beginning of the vinification increasing the varietal aromatics. Fermentation took place in French oak barrels; followed by maturation on the fine lees in medium-toasted French oak for seven months, which enhanced the creaminess and rich texture of this wine.
Perfumed aromas of melon, ripe pineapple and lemon combine with toasty butterscotch notes. Opulent, with a richly oaked texture, beautiful balance and spicy minerality on the finish.