Santorini, the well known Greek island, is famous for its Assyrtiko wines, made from vines grown with one of the most distinctive viticultural methods out there (the Santorini ‘kouloura’). This stunning white comes from ungrafted 80 year old vines, and it blew me away. I was expecting it to be good, but not this good.
Gaia Assyrtiko Wild Ferment 2018 Santorini, Greece
13.5% alcohol. From 80 year old ungrafted vines, this is a remarkable wine with powerful, mineral lime curd and salty lemon rind fruit. It has amazing texture and a bit of structure, too, with a real saline intensity. Youthful and tight, with great concentration of flavour, this oozes minerality. There’s a lot of fruit, but it’s not really about the fruit at all. Quite profound. 95/100 (UK agent Hallgarten Novum)
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