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Study Cards on wine, white, style

(ex) White wines are 70% of the Greece wine production; name some white grape varieties
  1. Savatiano; most planted
  2. Roditis
  3. Assyrtiko; best known most prized
  4. Moschofilero
  5. Malagousia
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Where is Savatiano cultivated, what are key characteristics and the style of wine produced?
  • The workhorse
  • Most planted white in Central Greece
  • Mainly used for Retsina
  • Now also very good dry quality from low yielding, dry-farmed bush vines
  • Style: subtle aromas of citrus, pear and stone fruit with a nutty character when ageing
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Where is Roditis cultivated, what are key characteristics and the style of wine produced?
  • 2nd most planted white variety of Greece, throughout the country/everywhere
  • Pink skinned (moschofilero too)
  • High yields, fat wines
  • Inexpensive wine and for blending, improving in Retsina
  • Changing, better quality from old vines i.e. Peloponnese, and at altitude
  • Style: high acidity, ripe fruit and melon
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Where is Assyrtiko cultivated, what are key characteristics and the style of wine produced?
  • White grape variety, Greece's best know and most prized indigenous variety
  • Origin from Santorini, but now widely planted
  • low yields
  • High acidity also in hot conditions
  • Well balanced; high acidity, high alcohol and wines can age
  • Also Luscious sweet wines; vinsanto from Santorini
  • Dry wines: citrus, stone and tropical fruit with strong smoky and flint characteristics
  • Part of the blend in oak for fuller body and complexity
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Where is Moschofilero cultivated, what are key characteristics and the style of wine produced?
  • Quality potential, mainly in Mantinia in the Peloponnese
  • White variety from Greece
  • Aromatic: citrus, flowers 'rose petals' spices (like muscat)
  • High acidity, low alcohol
  • Pink skinned
  • Good quality
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Where is Malagousia cultivated, what are key characteristics and the style of wine produced?
  • White variety of Greece, almost disappeared, was rare
  • all over Greece again
  • Top quality varietal
  • medium acidity, medium body, complex and intense aromas; stone fruit and flowers
  • Best on cooler sites: herbal notes
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