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Hatzidakis Assyrtiko 2015

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World Wine – Some of Santorini's wines speak of the island's bright sun and the Meltemi wind in their brisk, insistent acidity and the way they whisk across the palate. In 2015, the wind never blew; and Haridimos Hatzidakis doesn't make breezy wines anyway. Focusing on old vines that he tends organically, he regularly turns out some of the island's most intense wines. This, his entry-level cuvee, is a giant, its concentration of dry extract palpable in the cashmere texture. The flavors are fruity, from meyer lemon to apple and pineapple, with notes of honeysuckle showing their ripeness. But then there's the acidity, pushing the wine forward with energy, keeping it dynamic. Firm and full of personality, it's a burly Santorini to cellar or pour with roast lamb.

Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – The 2015 Santorini is an Assyrtiko coming in at 13.5% alcohol. This old vines white (40 to 80 years) is simply gripping, filled with youthful, unevolved fruit and a certain salty nuance on the end. (I think that is a descriptor too often used–but it seems to fit here.) Elegant, yet concentrated enough for this level, this is impressive on many fronts for the regular Assyrtiko. As it airs and warms, it seems wonderfully fresh and completely delicious, yet always persistent. Admittedly, it is not exactly the most concentrated Santorini as it airs out, but its personality and flavor make up for that just now. This is a very impressive regular" Santorini and a terrific value.""he 2015 Santorini is an Assyrtiko coming"

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Description

Soft yellow color with golden shades and delicate aromas of citrus, white flowers and minerality. Full and aromatic on the palate with an intensive mineral character. Long aftertaste with a certain freshness coming from the crunching acidity of the wine, which is typical of the vineyards of Santorini. A versatile wine, matching seafood, oily fish e.g. salmon and shellfish, yellow cheese, chicken, pork and a variety of dishes, even tomato and asparagus.

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Assyrtiko
Country Greece
Region Santorini
Brand Hatzidakis
Vintage 2015

About Greek Wines

Greece is a country with a long and rich wine history, it is said that the origins of winemaking here date back 6,500 years. Between the mainland and the country’s numerous islands, many wine styles exist, made mostly from one of Greece’s 300 indigenous grape varieties.

During the 1960’s, Retsina became the national beverage and was associated with Greece and Greek wine worldwide. Retsina is a white or rose wine that derives part of its flavour from pine resin. A storage method from ancient times, pine resin was used to seal wine vessels, keeping air out and infusing the wine with resin aroma. The traditional grape for Retsina is Savatiano with Assyrtiko and Rhoditis sometimes blended in.

Assyrtiko is one of the most popular Greek white grape varieties. From the island of Santorini with volcanic soils, it does not lose its acidity as it ripens. It is sometimes compared to Riesling but with a saline character.

Notable red varieties from Greece include full bodied and fruity Agiorghitiko, Macedonia’s savory and tannic Xinomavro, and Mavrodaphne, used commonly to produce fortified wine in the Peloponnese.

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Hatzidakis Assyrtiko 2015-White Wine-World Wine
Hatzidakis

Hatzidakis Assyrtiko 2015

$47.49

Soft yellow color with golden shades and delicate aromas of citrus, white flowers and minerality. Full and aromatic on the palate with an intensive mineral character. Long aftertaste with a certain freshness coming from the crunching acidity of the wine, which is typical of the vineyards of Santorini. A versatile wine, matching seafood, oily fish e.g. salmon and shellfish, yellow cheese, chicken, pork and a variety of dishes, even tomato and asparagus.

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