Thursday, August 6, 2009

2008 Mantinia

2008 Boutari

2008 Boutari

2008 Boutari Moschofilero, ACQS Mantinia

I love discovering new wines from new regions, and this certainly satisifies. A Greek white wine! I've been hearing so much about the fantastic quality of whites coming out of the Greek islands that I jumped at the chance for this bottle.

Moschofilero is a grape variety indigenous to Greece. A pink-skinned grape, it shares characteristics with muscat. Grown on the Peloponessian islands, in the region of Mantinia, this grape is known to be aromatic with high acidity.

This wine has a light straw colour, quite similar in appearance to sauvignon. Let's not forget how young it is, and the fact that it touches no new oak. Lots of fresh fruit on the nose - juicy melon, citrus and spice. Very fragrant, and quite unlike anything I've come across. On the palate, there is lots of fruit, on a creamy texture. Lovely balance and high acidity. Finishes with an explosion of apricots and sweet honeydew. Long finish.

Very impressive indeed. This wine has all the balance and ripeness I'm looking for in a white wine, with the texture that makes it delightful on its own. Delicious, and very unique. I'm very impressed, and eagar to try more wines from this part of the world. Bravo!

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