80% Assyrtiko, 10% Athiri and 10% Aidani
The original 5 acre estate was established by Georgios Argyros on the Greek Island of Santorini. In 1974, after decades of supplying the local market, the founder’s Grandson Yiannis Argyros took over and expanded the estate to 65 acres, while modernising viticulture and winemaking to ensure the quality that would enable an export market. Even so, his son and current owner Matthew Argyros still follows this vision of elevated cosmopolitan standards with a strict respect for their ancient and distinctive tradition, with low-growing bush vines up to 300 years old still cultivated in the traditional ‘crown’ style, and Vinsanto grape dried outdoors on the ground in a unique manner that would be inconceivable in less profoundly dry, sun-baked regions of the world. From Santorini’s famous volcanic mineral soils, Argyros Estate presents a glimpse at one of the world’s oldest yet most overlooked winemaking traditions. But it also offers some of Europe’s most newly available, distinctive and minerally complex wines for the price.
Vinsanto (wine of Santorini) is not to be confused with Italian Vin Santo (Sacred Wine)
What The Critics Say
17/20 JancisRobinson.com, Julia Harding MW
"Sienna brown. Dried raisins and figs on the nose, lovely freshness with the bite of bitter orange marmalade. Bitter toffee. Apricots reduced down, crystallised kumquat. Super-intense but so lively and fresh. 80% Assyrtiko, 10% Aïdani, 10% Athiri. Fermented in concrete. Four years in barrel. Bottled 2015, released 2019. RS 240 g/l approx, TA 7 g/l. (JH)." Drink 2019 - 2030
95/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Mark Squires (2010 vintage)
"The 2010 Vinsanto 4 Years Barrel Aged is a traditional blend, mostly (80%) Assyrtiko, with the rest evenly divided between the island's typical blending grapes, Aidani and Athiri. It comes in with 13% alcohol and 220 grams of residual sugar. It is easy to dismiss this, the one with "merely" four years in the barrel. Relatively speaking, as it is the youngest of the group this issue, it is very concentrated this year. It is pretty fine on its own terms, fresher and perceptibly sweeter than the oldies—the sugar has not dried out and blown off—if less nuanced, complex and concentrated than the older bottlings. Yet this has a long, tense and vibrant finish, with plenty of sugar but also fine fruit. It really doesn't seem cloying, despite my relative description. It held brilliantly for four days in the fridge, acquiring more character and showing plenty of tension at that point. -- For Vinsanto, the result of sun-dried grapes, the winery says that it uses grapes from its "oldest parcels," some of them reaching 500 years of age in Episkopi and Pyrgos. There is a bounty of Vinsanto here. They are among the island's treasures. The long-aged versions are VERY long-lived wines, assuming no cork failures and good storage/provenance. The end-date drinking windows are placeholders—they'll last a good long while, maybe longer than noted." Drink 2018 - 2035
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