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The Malagousia Grape


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About Malagousia

(Synonyms: Malagouzia, Malagoyzia, Malaouzia, Melaouzia.)

Background

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Malagousia is a white-wine grape originating on the southern coast of mainland Greece. Its rise to popularity is a remarkably recent one: once again, a single champion—in this case, Evangelos Gerovassilou, then at Domaine Porto Carras—brought the variety from obscurity to reknown.

That rise to popularity seems well justified. The typical Malagousia is characterized by a rich nose of floral and citrus aromas, while the palate presents those and also spice/herb qualities. All in all, it is widely perceived as a high-quality, thoroughly pleasing wine.

Well-made Malagousia wines should have an alcohol content of about 13%, give or take maybe a half a percent; outside that range, it can lose its distinctive character, and risks becoming just another fair-to-middling white wine.

Some Malagousia wines are made in stainless-steel tanks, while others are oak-aged. Reviewers seem to find both styles rewarding—a bit different, but equally rewarding. (Vangelis Gerovassiliou, obviously a top expert on this variety, makes his wine as a blend of oaked and unoaked Malagousia.)

Factoid: While it was Vangelis Gerovassiliou who championed and brought to fame this variety, the original source of the vine cuttings he used was Vassilis Logothetis, a Professor of Viticulture at Aristotle University, who discovered the vines in the region of Nafpaktia.

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Some Descriptions of Malagousia Wines

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Some Malagousias to Try

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Papagiannakos “Kalogeri” Malagouzia
(Note that they spell it with a z.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
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Alpha Estates Single-Vineyard “Turtles” Malagousia
(Also known as Alpha Estates ”Axia“ Malagousia, plus the vineyard is sometimes called by its Greek name Xelones.)

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Zafeirakis Malagousia
(This is not their pricier “Natura” bottling.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
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Porto Carras Malagouzia
(Note that they spell it with a z.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
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For a Splurge

Our nomination is the Gerovassiliou “Single Vineyard” Malagousia. By the published ratings, it’s only a bit better than those listed above, but it’s also only a bit more expensive than them.

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