In a nutshell: A fresh and mineral Armenian white made with one of the country's indigenous varieties.
The lowdown: Armenia, which sits just east of Turkey among the Caucasus mountains is, along with its neighbours, among the oldest wine-producing countries in the world. This delicious white, made in the chief wine-producing region in the shadow of Mount Ararat is made from Voskehat, one of the main native varieties that thrive in this part of the world. It has intense and complex aromas of white melon, green apples, along with hints of fresh rosemary and lime. This all carries through to the palate along with a streak of fresh minerality which balances the full structure really well.
When to drink: Long and elegant, it's great by itself, or as a partner to grilled fish or chicken.
The Transcaucasian region, in which the small country of Armenia sits, is one of the world's oldest viticultural regions with records of winemaking going back into antiquity. Following the country's emergence from the Soviet era in the 1990s the conditions were right for independently owned wine production to re-commence and from around 2005 new and former vineyards started to be planted and slowly but surely the country's wine industry started to re-establish.
ArmAs estate is one such producer and was established in 2007 by Armen Aslanyan who set about re-planting former vineyards in the Aragatsotn province, in the shadow of Mount Ararat, at altitudes of between 700 and 1,900 metres above sea level. The estate covers an area of 180 hectares and is given over to indigenous Caucasasian varieties. The winemaker is Italian Emilio Del Medico who has fully embraced the concept of producing a distinctively Armenian style with no small degree of success.