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Mid straw in colour, the nose shows fragrant aromas of glace fruits: lemon, pineapple and peach. The palate is full bodied with peachy fruit, dense texture and a hint of sandalwood aromatics on a long finish.
Byzantine is a style of art and architecture derived from the Eastern Roman Empire, that survived the fall of Rome when the capitol was moved to Byzantium (then renamed Constantinople, now Istanbul).
Our “Byzantine” wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Viognier and Malvasia.
Malvasia, the vine variety, has derived from the ancient port city of Monembasia in southern Greece. Malvasia has spread around the shores and islands of the Mediterranean.
Winsor Dobbin, Off The Vine, Sunday Examiner 3.1.16 – 4 January, 2016
At a time when it is all the rage to make white wines that are as lean and clean as possible, Bob & Rita Richter at Grey Sands Vineyard near Glengarry, march to the beat of a very different winemaking drum. This is a full bodied and very textural blend of chardonnay, viognier and malvasia that is rich and powerful with lots of structure- a white wine for red wine lovers. With plenty of palate power thanks to lees stirring, this has length, depth and intense tropical fruit flavours. Different but delicious.
Tony Peters – 10 March, 2016
This wine dares to be different in many ways because, for a white wine, it gives you plenty. Not only in flavour but to think about as well.
It will surprise many because the colour belies the richness. To look at it you wouldn’t think it borders on full bodied. It is massively textural and everything adds to the long, long flavour that just stays with you.
A delicious wine indeed.
Patrick Eckel posted 13.3.16 http://winereviewer.com.au/other-white/2013-grey-sands-byzantine – 10 April, 2016
2013 Grey Sands Byzantine
This is an interesting wine from a number of different angles, firstly it’s a blend of Chardonnay, Viognier and Malvasia with the latter of the grape varieties hailing from the ancient port city of Monembasia in southern Greece. Secondly it is an expression of vineyard and site that is unique, compelling and most importantly very enjoyable.
A lightly golden yellow in the glass the nose is unlike any other white i’ve had, there are the faintest baseline of apricot and candied citrus but what sets this wine apart is the delicious bush honey and understated rose petal aromatics.
The palate is full bodied and oscillates between a structure and textural core of marzipan and peach with top notes of fig and gentle forest floor spices, the wine has great depth to finish. A wine to track down.
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