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Today we are going to review an absolutely gorgeous wine from the Epanomi region of Greece – Viognier 2017 by Ktima Gerovassiliou. This is a single varietal barrel fermented viognier wine that has been aged on fine lees for several months in order to enhance creaminess on the mouthfeel. Barrel fermentation for white wines is a winemaking technique that is used only for certain grape varieties, like chardonnay, semillon or viognier, and is meant to increase complexity, texture and flavor, as well as the wine’s body. Viognier is a white grape variety that originated in southern France and is most famous for its perfumed aromas of peach, tangerine and honeysuckle. Viognier is for those who love to stop and smell the flowers and for those who like chardonnay. But enough of all that theory, without further ado let’s move on, straight to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Lemon-yellow color with nuanced lime-green shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with sweet fruits and citrus flavours: ripe pear, lemon, apricot, yellow apple, peach, tangerine, yellow melon, acacia blossom, overripe gooseberry, honeysuckle, pineapple, melissa, ripe quince and some insistent hints of straw grass. An instant later the nose is filled with elegant notes of fresh oakwood, vanilla, dried banana and some subtle hints of lime and bergamot.
The wine is medium-dry, with strong alcohol level, high acidity and velvety tannin. It feels oaky, supple and elegant, with a very appealing fruity-citrusy profile and a oily, well structured full body. This is a quite round, complex and lush viognier wine, with very nuanced woodyness, mouth-watering acidity and a touch of alcoholic warmth showing through on the plate. The wine has a good balance, as it feels well balanced, smooth and noble, mixing power with finesse and elegance.
The wine has a lasting finish and a quite velvety, woody-oily aftertaste.
This is definitely an outstanding wine of Greece and, with a total of 95.0 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.
Conclusion: this is a very fine viognier wine, one that is right there, at the summit of its prime form. Besides the fact that this wine has been fermented in french oak barrels, which enriched its complexity and body, the wine has been also aged on fine lees for several months, delivering more creaminess and elegance on the plate. Our suggestion is to drink it now or in the next 2 years, as this is a fine example of a white wine with a good ageing potential. In order to explore the wine’s full spectrum of aromas and flavours, we would recommend to pair it with creamy, white-sauce based dishes or dishes with smooth textures, like for example creamy béchamel-sauce pasta with garlic & broccoli or chicken & mushrooms in a creamy white wine sauce. Ya Mas!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Viognier | 2017
grape: | viognier |
overall rating: | 95.0 |
maturity: in its prime
conclusion: outstanding | (simply epic)
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