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Dorian White Natural Wine 2017 - Balatsouras Family
Balatsouras Family

DORIAN WHITE NATURAL WINE 2017 - BALATSOURAS FAMILY

  Greece
€16.00
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Why do we love it?

If there was a wine that could be the ultimate exmple of a natural wine, then this would be Dorian White Wine from Balatsoura’s Family. The label may be far from intriguing, but the content is jaw-dropping!

George Balatsouras went with his wife to study criminology in Montpellier in 1997. There he visited all the iconic Chateaux and caught the wine bug. Balatsoura’s Family has been involved in winemaking since 2004 and has some of the oldest vineyards in the area, in the village of Koniakos Doridos. Only local varieties such as Roditis, Malagouzia and Kosmas are cultivated. Kosmas is a rare Greek variety that has been revived and cultivated exclusively by the family.

Vineyards are organically grown and the winemaking process that follows is a case study for any natural wine that wants to join the Raw Wine Fair! Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts, without sulphites added or other interference and it's bottled unfiltered. Dorian White Wine is a blend of Roditis and Malagouzia. Roditis matures with the skins for several days and thus acquires this vibrant orange color. The wine is fermented and aged in old, oak tanks.

The result will stun the lovers of orange wines and fascinate even those who look at them with suspicion.

Yes, it's that good!

COLOR

WHITE

AROMA

MEDIUM

BODY

MEDIUM

ACIDITY

HIGH

Tastes Like

Bright honey color with orange hues, it impresses from the very first moment!

It has intoxicating aromas of candied, kumquat, tangerine and bitter orange peels along with generous doses of peach, apricot and lotus jam.

Its magical character is constantly unfolding with notes of dried flowers, honey, toasted bread and hazelnut. Luxurious mouth, with refreshing acidity and endless aftertaste.

Technical stuff
Color White
Type Dry
Year 2017
Alcohol 11,5%
Origin Koniakos, Fokida
Variety Roditis, Malagouzia
Aromas kumquat, tangerine, bitter orange peels, peach, apricot, lotus jam, dried flowers, honey, toasted bread, hazelnut.
Bottle Size 750ml
Barrique -
Serving temperature 9°C
Aging 3 years
Closure Cork
Organic Yes

DORIAN WHITE NATURAL WINE 2017 - BALATSOURAS FAMILY

PAIR IT

with octopus in orange sauce, sauté shrimps with citrus fruit sauce or seabass fillet with chili lime dressing.

Orzo pasta with shrimps, finocchio and Arseniko of Naxos

600 g fresh shrimps

250 g orzo

150 g finocchio

50 ml. ouzo or white wine

50 g butter

40 g olive oil

1 teaspoon tomato paste

50 g Arseniko of Naxos

Fresh fennel

Freshly ground pepper

Salt

 

For broth

1200 ml. water

1 onion

1 carrot

2 cloves of garlic

1 sprig celery

1 sprig of thyme

1 bay leaf

4-5 black peppercorns

salt

 

Peel the shrimps and remove the heads, which are put in a saucepan to prepare the broth.
With a knife, cut and remove from each shrimp the black intestine. Rinse and keep the shrimp aside.

Put in the pot with the shells and heads, all the above ingredients for the broth and boil for about 20 minutes. Pass the broth through a sieve and keep it hot.

For the orzo, finely chop the onion and finocchio into thin slices. In a large-sized pan, sauté in olive oil onions and finocchio until they are softened and then add the orzo.

Stir continuously and when the orzo is glistening, add tomato paste, pepper, wine and start adding the hot broth. Add it in 5-6 doses, stirring regularly with a wooden spoon.

When the orzo is nearly done and you have 1 dose of the broth left, add it along with the shrimp, season with salt and a little more pepper.

Stir for 3 minutes and remove from heat. Orzo must be juicy and thickened. Then add the butter and the Naxos cheese and finely chop finocchio's green leaves.
Dangle lightly and cover the pan. Before serving, stir and add to each plate some fresh fennel finely chopped.

Notes
- You can add 3-4 anise seeds for extra flavor and taste
- We prefer fresh shrimps but it is not necessary
- Alternatively you can use a spicy Gruyere
- Orzo can be made with other seafood such as shellfish, squid or cuttlefish
- Be careful to remove the orzo from the heat while it is quite juicy and al dente because ti tends to absorb the liquids and continue cooking
- You can add some sundried tomatoes

 

Eva Monochari

Food Blogger

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