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2018 Sigalas AM Santorini White (Yellow Cap)

2018 Sigalas AM Santorini White (Yellow Cap)

Organic
91 Points John Caro
2018 Sigalas AM Santorini White (Yellow Cap)
91 Points John Caro

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A delicious white blend from a famous producer on the Island of Santorini. This blend if the perfect balance of refreshing minerals and velvety roundness, as the acidity of Assyrtiko meets the texture of the other grape, Monemvasia. A delicious fish and aperitif wine, the AM is unique.

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$31.99 in mixed 6+ or $35.99 per bottle

Overview

Grape

50% Assyrtiko and 50% Monemvasia

Its Origins

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

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Assyrtiko

  • Colour

    White

  • Region

    Santorini

  • Closure

    Cap

  • Volume

    750ml

  • Alcohol

    13.00%

  • Maturity

    2019 - 2025

This Wine Goes Well With

with CANAPES
with FISH
with SEAFOOD

Taste

3

Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.

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