There is still life beyond indigenous grapes: Antonopoulos Chardonnay ‘ANAX’ 2009

anax2Antonopoulos Vineyards, is child of Kostas Antonopoulos, a winemaker believed in potential of mountainous locations of Achaia region, Peloponissos. He run the winery untill 1994, when the business passed to Ioannis and Nikos Halkias.

Winery is located in Vasiliko, Achaia, along with it’s main vineyards. It utilizes grapes from about 100 hectares in Peloponnese, (one third owned). The remaining vineyards belong to vintners who have been consistently working with the company for many years, following cultivation instructions given by the company’s agronomists.

Everyone at the company shares the vision of exploring the potential of the native grape varieties of Greece. The Greek vineyards, which combine the factors essential to produce world-class wines, continue to inspire us with the goal of creating distinct products that highlight the characteristics of their origins.

Vines of the wine, are located in Vassiliko (150 meters) and Demesticha (850 meters)

Medium gold. Decanted for one hour. Nose reminiscent of new world Chards, with medium intensity, presenting peach & apricot, hints of jasmine and a lot of the oak aromas expected (vanilla, nuts & honey). Dry palate of medium acidity, full bodied and the same oak aromas (though less dominating than nose). Medium lasting, with nuts and peach.

Overall a great Greek Chard. Could have been an exceptional wine if it had a little less alcohol and a bit longer finish. Paired with cuttlefish risotto in its own ink.

Grape: Chardonnay

Alcohol: 15%

Retail price in Greece: about 17 euros / 22$

Score: 88

Value for money: Very Good

website: http://www.antonopoulos-vineyards.com (temporarily inactive)

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