50% Assyrtiko and 50% Monemvasia
The long winemaking tradition of Santorini island coupled with modern practices and state-of-the-art technology are the founding principles of Domaine Sigalas, one of the most highly-appreciated Santorini wineries. The vineyards are situated at the fields of Oia village, at the northern part of the island. Mild winters, cool summers and the island's volcanic soil create a unique ecosystem, favouring the production of high quality wines, of distinct character. The most versatile grape variety of the Mediterranean region, the Assirtiko (or Assyrtiko) of Santorini, as well as other indigenous varieties - Aidani, Athiri, Mandilaria, Mavrotragano - are cultivated, giving superior quality wines, which have gained many international distinctions. Irrigation on this arid island is permitted, administered post-veraison, with the bunches limited to four per vine. Average yields are in the region of just 20 – 25 hectolitres per hectare. As for vinification, Sigalas avoid the use of pumps at all phases, favouring a more protective approach. Cold maceration last for approximately one week and the resulting fermentation takes place in used French oak barrels. In achieving physiological (phenolic) ripeness Mavrotragano builds sugars and, as a result, may reach as much as 15% alcohol by volume. This grape has an affinity for new oak, in which it matures (an element of which are new barrels) for some 18 months.
What The Critics Say
Parker's Wine Advocate, Mark Squires
"The 2018 Am Assyrtiko / Monemvasia is an equal blend, unoaked and coming in at 13% alcohol. This is a new brand to our pages, basically replacing the old Aa—the Monemvasia grape replaces Athiri. This shows more flavor and personality than the Aa, but perhaps it lacks some of its sunny purity and intensity. The best addition here is the texture. This feels almost like velvet, even while unoaked. Suave but fruity, it is bright, gentle and fun. It finishes with some dried cantaloupe and dried peach. It's a high-personality white that probably won't have the same universal acceptance as the Aa, but it tastes great. We'll see how it ages in time, but there is likely no rush." Drink 2019 - 2025
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