Papargyriou Blanc Moshoudi/Assyrtiko Wild Ferment 2019
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The Domaine Papargyriou lies in PGI Corinth, in the village of Lalioti, 120km west of Athens, and is run by second generation winemaker Yannis Papargyriou, his wife Eleni and their two young boys. Yannis took over for his father Aristidis who planted the original vineyards in 1978. Aristidis admired the great Rieslings from Germany and Alsace, along with cellar worthy reds of Piedmont and Bordeaux, so he chose varieties with potential for structure and longevity- Assyrtiko, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Agiorgitiko.
The estate's oldest remaining vineyard lies on the slopes of Corinthia at 250m altitude, facing north towards the Gulf of Corinth. The shape of their little valley enables cool night breezes to circulate, ensuring slow perfect ripening. The soil is calcareous limestone, giving the wines aromatic complexity and depth. The newer vineyard is planted at 850 meters near the village of Sofiana, facing southeast, with the aromatic variety Moschoudi (local name for the small berried Muscat grown in Corinth) expressing its greatest potential here.
This 2018 is a zippy blend of equal parts Moshoudi and Assyrtiko that expresses intoxicating Muscat perfume and tree fruit, coupled with the liveliness and body of noble Assyrtiko. Fans of softer Sauvignon Blanc or racier Viognier will enjoy this adventurous white for refreshing springtime sipping, and alongside Nicoise salad, roasted poultry, white fish and spicy dishes.