Domaine Skouras with George Scanias
This week we’re headed to Greece! Export Manager and George Scanias will be in store breaking down the amazing world of Domaine Skouras. George Skouras was born in Argos, one of the oldest towns of Europe with a 3,000 years long tradition of wine and culture. In 1980, George went to study Agriculture at the University of Dijon, in Burgundy, France. However, his acquaintance with the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs of the region, as well as the famous local wine growers, put a spell on him. On graduating from Dijon with a degree in oenology, George started gathering experience in many classic wine-producing regions of France, Italy and Greece.
A long-held vision, the creation of Domaine Skouras materialized in 1986. Initially, the small wine-making facility was in Pyrgela, a small village on the outskirts of Argos. The next logical step was the creation of a boutique winery in the Nemea Appellation area, in the village of Gimno. There, the countless hours of manual work on an extremely small scale became an invaluable study on the Agiorgitiko variety and the Nemea denomination.
The establishment of the final winery in Malandreni, also in the Nemea Appellation, took place in 2004. The new infrastructure increased capacity and technical capabilities, but not for creating more technical wines. For the Domaine Skouras team, technology is all about control and observation, allowing for minimal intervention on the wines, if and when it is needed – and only to the requisite extent.
2016 Domain Skouras ‘Moscofilero’, Peloponnese, Greece – Moscofilero :: $20.00 sale $17.00
Fermented in stainless steel vats. Short skin contact, no malolactic fermentation and short aging over fine lees. Flowery, crisp acidity, intense on aromas and flavors in the nose and mouth. The color is light white yellow. Opulent aromas –light and fresh– of white flowers and honeysuckle are revealed, rounded out with notes of citrus fruits and lime. Medium- to full-bodied, refreshing and vigorous acidity, with the aromas on the mouth following those of the nose. Elegant, balanced and with a long finish.
2015 Domain Skouras ‘Salto’, Peloponnese, Greece – Moscofilero :: $25.00 sale $21.50
The Moscofilero comes from 25 year old vineyards planted in sandy soils at 750 meters above sea level. Fermented in stainless steel vats. Short skin contact, no malolactic fermentation and short aeging over fine lees. Flowery, crisp acidity, intense on aromas and flavours. Soft color with a light shade of grey. Νose with high lift and complexity with aromas of roses, jasmine, lime, grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Of medium body with explosive acidity –full of taste and refreshing– with aromas of citrus flowers and tropical fruits. Complex and medium-length aftertaste.
2015 Domain Skouras ‘Saint George’, Peloponnese, Greece – Agiorgitiko :: $20.00 sale $17.00
Fernented and macerated in stainless steel vats, aged in used French barriques for 12 months and a further 6 months in bottle. Blackberries, mulberries, raspberries, ripe strawberries, a touch of aniseed, cinnamon, fine tannins, round and velvety mouth.
The color is bright, deep morello cherry-red. The nose reveals aromas of blackberries, raspberries and ripe strawberries with just a touch of aniseed and spices such as clove and cinnamon. It is a medium-bodied wine with elegant structure, balanced acidity and very ripe, elegant tannins. The finish is moderately-long, dominated by red fruits and followed by sweet vanilla and black pepper.
2013 Domain Skouras ‘Grand Cuvee’, Peloponnese, Greece – Agiorgitiko :: $35.00 sale $30.00
The establishment of the final winery in Malandreni, also in the Nemea Appellation, took place in 2004. The new infrastructure increased capacity and technical capabilities, but not for creating more technical wines. For the Domaine Skouras team, technology is all about control and observation, allowing for minimal intervention on the wines, if and when it is needed – and only to the requisite extent. Fermented and macerated in stainless steel vats. Full malolactic fermentation in oak and maturation in new French barriques for 12 months and in bottle for a further 6 months. Red fruits, blackberries, plums, spices, a metallic tone, vanilla, accented acidity, ripe tannins, plethoric mouth. The color is bright, deep and clear ruby-red. On the nose it is dense with strength and power. Aromas are focused on the red fruit such as morello, blackberries and red cherry coupled with dried herbs, spicy aromas and a mineral touch. On the mouth it has medium-plus body with an intriguing acidity and very qualitative tannins. Flavors of red fruits, earth and minerals along with tobacco and spices are apparent. The aftertaste is long and complicated with constant evaluation.
We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl and #Neverabadbottle so we can CHEERS!
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