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2019 Robola San Gerasimo, Orealios Gaea

2019 Robola San Gerasimo, Orealios Gaea
ref. SANG190 SPR21

Wine Variety: Some confusion here as the name Robola has been used to refer to vines that produce both red and white wines. It has been found to be unrelated to Ribolla Gialla, thus disproving a belief that had been prevalent for centuries. Rombolla Kokkiano and Mavro Rombola are thought to be genetic mutations of Robola, being pink and black skinned respectively.

Wine Region: Kefalonia - or Cephalonia - is an island in the Ionian Sea off Greece's west coast. The island's biggest feature is Mount Ainos, the slopes of which permit vines to be grown at altitude, thereby moderating the influence of summer's heat. More widely, the Greeks were responsible for the dissemination of wine growing throughout the Mediterranean basin, introducing viticulture to Italy (via Sicily), France and elsewhere.

Wine Producer: Orealios Gaea is a co-operative which, according to their website, was set up in 1982 "in an attempt to protect and promote the Kefalonian vineyard’s potential". It now vinifies fruit from some 3000 grape growers. 


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Style
Style:
Dry White - light
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Robola
  Producer
Producer:
Orealios Gaea
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
8°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
12.5%
  Country
Country:
Greece
  Appellation
Appellation:
Cephalonia
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2023
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Ionian Islands
  Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Salads

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

As I have found before with Robola from Kefalonia the nose is a spare reflection of place: all rock and salt and orchard fruit, all nicely clear-cut and overt. The palate has good intensity but in a lighter scale. This breezes over the tongue like a Mediterranean gust after a rain shower, cool and cleansing. That mineral, rocky element returns, as does the russet apple fruit. And through it comes a soft acidity, like that of a ripe apple. This is entirely drinkable on its own, or would go fabulously well with a Greek salad.

#3wordtastingnote: rock, apple, light 

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