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Gaia Estate Assyrtiko Thalassitis 2018 750ml

Rated 90 - 100% Assyrtiko. A fruit driven, aromatic nose shows green apple and pear notes, underripe peach and nectarine and some fermentation...
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Gaia Estate Assyrtiko Wild Ferment 2017 750ml

Rated 97 - DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2018 - PLATINUM: Broad complexity on the nose with firm citrus, nettles, salted butter, preserved lemon and...
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Pure Santorini 2015 750ml

Rated 95 - 100% Assyrtiko. Gently aromatic nose with lots of ripe nectarine, peach and apricot nuances – almost tropical. Precise, taut and...
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Assyrtiko

Cultivated since at least the middle of the Byzantine era, the Assyrtiko grape is generally considered to be one the finest of the Greek grape varietals, as a result of its multi-purpose properties and ability to flourish on a wide range of terrains. The ancient Byzantines used it in conjunction with Aidani and Athiri grapes for the production of their unusual and naturally sweet Vinsanto wines, which are still produced today in Santorini, and continue to be popular. However, the Assyrtiko grapes are used for many different AOC wines across Greece, and are favored by wine makers who want to maintain a dryness and acidic punch to their produce.

The Assyrtiko grapes are renowned for their ability to maintain their acidity as they ripen beneath the blazing Mediterranean sun, resulting in wines which have a distinctive dryness and a range of citrus fruit aromas, as well as great structure and high tannins. Often, Assyrtiko grapes will produce wines which leave an unusual after-taste reminiscent of the mineral rich, volcanic soils they are grown in on the slopes of Santorini, making them a favorite for wine drinkers looking for something full of character and interesting attributes. The past twenty five years have seen Assyrtiko vines planted all over the Greek mainland, and even in Attica and Macedonia, where the softer terrain often produces more fruit forward wines with a milder, less astringent character. However, wherever this fine grape varietal is grown, it is rare the results will be anything less than excellent.

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