Domaine Skouras Almyra Chardonnay
Producer: Domaine Skouras
Origin: Peloponnese, Greece
Grape: 100% Chardonnay
This bottle made its way onto our shelves at all three stores in the past week or so. Although we talk extensively that wines fermented and aged in new oak are often poor dancing partners with cheese, every now and then a bottle comes along that forces you to enjoy the rich, creamy, buttery note provided by oaked Chardonnay.
Chardonnay is by no means indigenous to Greece. Domaine Skouras is a very successful winery showcasing both native grapes and grapes more recognizable to the global market. It is very intriguing to note, however, the indicative influence that the Peloponnes has on wines.
A certain briny, sea swept character couples with sandy soil minerality on the finish to not only uplift the rich, full melon and apple fruit but balance the creamy and butter nuance. This wine does not scream for cheese (although the salty and buttery component can make for a decadent pairing with the right bloomy rind cheese) but it does love grilled shellfish and makes for a unique option: a familiar style of wine from a unique place on earth. And a picnic-friendly screw cap too!