Intriguing. Chamomile, tarragon, white peach.
“Gold” 2019 from Petrakopoulos winery has an attractive golden colour.
On the nose it’s very intriguing and makes you think. Notes of chamomile, tarragon, honeysuckle come to mind. There is also a juicy, round side to it, white peach, honeydew, mango perhaps.
The mouthfeel is round, a touch spicy and shows a nice acidity.
On the palate “Gold” is almond paste and candied citrus fruits. The finish is medium long and a touch bitter.
How it's made
Vinified from pre-phylloxera old vines. The wine is unfined and unfiltered and undergoes minimal intervention.
Species of insect that plagues grapevines.
Grape Phylloxera is an insect pest, it is native to North America and it feeds on vine roots.
In the wine world, when talking about ‘Phylloxera’ one refers to the spread of that pest in Europe in the late 1800’s. It all happened when some British botanists brought back infected specimens of North American vines. Phylloxera spread throughout the old continent and almost destroyed every grape vine in the process.
When vines started mysteriously dying, it took a while to pin point the problem. It was finally understood that Phylloxera was eating the roots of European vines. Vitis vinifera 1 was less resistant to the pest than its American cousin, vitis lambrusca2.
As a solution, the vitis viniferae were grafted with the roots of vitis lambruscea. That trick saved the European plants. And the production of European grapes. Thus that saved the production of European wine.