Nerantzi Pentapolis White 2016
White | PGI Serres | Northern Greece | 13.7% ABV | 750ml
Fuller medium-bodied, dry. The nose and palate are slightly reminiscent of a dry Viognier with notes of flowers, spice, and peachy fruit. The pleasantly dry finish is loaded with lemon/lime citrus. Pair with fish, pasta with lemon herb sauce, grilled Halloumi cheese, hummus, or drink alone as an aperitif.
Asprouda of Serres
Asprouda of Serres is a unique variety, registered in Greece’s official grape map by the Nerantzi winery, located in Serres, Macedonia and not related with any other Asprouda grape, something that its generic name (Asprouda) – meaning whitish – may imply. Though this name has been given to several distinct white varieties all over Greece, of often very different appearance and flavour characteristics, this is one of only three officially recognised Asprouda grapes, the other two being the Patra and Santorini ones.
Large, thick-skinned berries on thick stems, late budding and late ripening.
Assyrtiko is by far Greece’s most renowned white grape variety, associated most famously with the volcanic island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea. Following its notable success, it is now grown successfully all over Greece and beyond in Clare Valley, Australia, South Africa and California, being the first Greek grape to become international. It has developed a reputation as being a versatile grape variety, producing wines in a multitude of styles, from fresh, mineral white wines to oaked, worth keeping ones and from bold complex reds to rıch matured dessert wines, such as Vinsanto.
Compact clusters of large, moderately thick-skinned berries, late budding and late ripening. Vigorous and productive, resistant to drought, disease and wind and capable of maintaining high acidity up to the final stages of the ripening period. In Santorini it is trained in the characteristic baskets, sitting close to the ground and named “kouloures” by the locals.
Malagousia is an aromatic white variety grown primarily in Central Greece and Greek Macedonia. The variety was rescued from near extinction in 1983 by the winemaker Evangelos Gerovassiliou, after he planted out his vineyard at Epanomi, on the Halkidiki peninsula, with the variety.
Malagousia is best known for its citrus and peach characteristics, often showing various melon flavours on the palate. It is often used as a blending agent, most notably with Assyrtiko, to which it adds middle body weight.