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Diamantis "Magoutes" Moschomavro '20
The Diamantis winery is in Siatista, a town located in the arid, mountainous region of Macedonia, in northwestern Greece. One feature that distinguishes the area of Siatista from its neighbors is its soils, which are predominately limestone—said to give the wines a bit more lift and acidity, which this wine has in abundance—rather than clay. The high-elevation vineyards here benefit from cooling breezes, which also contribute to the freshness of the wines by helping the grapes maintain acidity. With minimal environmental stresses in the area, organic cultivation and a hands-off approach are natural choices.
Moschomavro is an indigenous Greek variety whose name translates to “black Muscat.” It’s scarcely planted and can be found only in the vineyards of central and northwestern Greece. It is not uncommon to see it blended with other varieties, such as Xinomavro. The winemaking at Diamantis is low intervention, and the Moschomavro wine is fermented with native yeasts and undergoes élevage in stainless steel.
The aromatics are beautifully balanced, as savory herbal notes temper zesty red fruit notes, while the bright acidity and modest tannins lead to a lingering finish, perhaps surprising for a wine that seemed relatively light. This is another wine that strikes us with its ability to convey elegance, freshness, and character, reaffirming Magoutes as one of the best producers we’ve tried from this part of Greece. This wine is versatile enough to pair with almost any Greek dish we can think of, or try it alongside a plate of charcuterie, cheese, and olives.
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