One of the newer ‘new world’ producers, many people are surprised by just how good a lot of Moroccan wine is. Red wine dominates the market but there are plenty of strong recent batches of Chardonnay, Chenin blanc and Sauvignon blanc too, which suit the climate a little better.
One example of a highly drinkable white wine is the Odyssée cuvee, made by La Ferme Rouge, a Moroccan wine estate located at Zaërs near Rabat. At the estate, the oenologist is French and the owner is Moroccan.
The Odyssée cuvee 2010 is made from a blend of Chardonnay and Viognier. The Chardonnay brings the light fruitiness to the wine and the Viognier gives the wine exoticism and coolness. It features mandarin aromas with hints of oak and vanilla. A very pleasant wine to drink with fish and salads owing to its balance.
If further proof is needed about the quality of Moroccan wine, Manuel Schott, sommelier at the iconic luxury hotel La Mamounia, stocks more than two dozen Moroccan wines out of 400 listings in the wine cellar. He also stocks the Odyssée cuvee 2010, so head there to try this tempting tipple.