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
93/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Mark Squires
"The 2018 Kavalieros is all unoaked Assyrtiko, dry (2.8 grams of residual sugar and 6.4 of total acidity) and coming in at 14.5% alcohol. This is a single-vineyard Assyrtiko whose name means "on top," meaning that the winery believes this vineyard in Imerovigli is one of the best vineyards in one of the best sub-appellations. Textured, ripe and yet gorgeously structured—never seeming overripe!—this has a long finish and seems full-bodied. It coats the palate. It's dry and serious, with the acidity controlled but with enough left to keep the big fruit fresh. It might be lacking a bit of focus this year, but it shows well. It certainly benefits from the extra year of development it acquired as a later release. The price has gotten pricey, but this is one of the island's great labels these days. This does better than the regular Sigalas Santorini this issue for drinking now, thanks to the late release. Expect it to age well, although it is drinking pretty well now." Drink 2020 - 2033
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