Gaia Estate Vin Santo 2005 500ml
SKU 772386

Gaia Estate Vin Santo 2005

Gaia Estate - Cyclades - Greece - Santorini
Rated 96 - The 2005 Vinsanto (the current release) is an Assyrtiko-dominated blend (the rest being 18% Aidani and more unusually 2% Mandilaria). It was aged for a minimum of ten years in well used (greater than ten years old) French barriques. It comes in at 285 grams per liter of residual sugar and 13.8% alcohol. Sourced from Akrotiri, the average vine age here is 70-80 years. Rather brilliant, this is what you want to see in a Vinsanto--that fine concentration of flavor coupled with thrilling acidity lacing through the sugar and making it seem far drier than the numbers would suggest.... read more...

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Other Vintages: 2005 2002
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Winery: Gaia Estate

Country: Greece

As one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world, Greece has millenia of experience and expertise when it comes to viticulture, and has developed a set of flavors and characteristics which are found nowhere else on earth. The ancient Greeks revered and deified wine, and were the first true innovators in the history of wine, adding everything from seawater to honey and spices in order to find exciting new taste combinations and aromas. Today, Greek wines are just as varied, although far more refined and sophisticated than their ancient counterparts. The practice of enhancing Greek wines with aromatic substances never left the country, though, as can be seen in the popular Retsina wines, which use pine resin to provide their unique taste and aroma combinations. There is far more to Greek wine than merely Retsina, however, and the vast variety on offer is a testament to the expertise of Greek wineries making the most of the wonderful climate, terrain and grape varietals they work with.