Usually 90% Assyrtiko, 5% Athiri and 5% 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.
What The Critics Say
90/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Mark Squires
"The 2019 Atlantis is the winery's screw capped blend, mostly Assyrtiko, with 5% each of Athiri and Aidani, unoaked, dry (2.9 of residual sugar and 6.33 of total acidity) and coming in at 13.5% alcohol. It doesn't seem like so long ago that this would be a typical Santorini—lower in alcohol, crisper and more reasonably priced. (We'll ignore the blending grapes for the moment.) These days, in terms of both ripeness and price, things have escalated. Still, in its style, this is a nice value, fresh, focused and somewhat tense on the finish. It's a bit austere and compact, without the flavor that more ripeness can bring, but the fruit is beautifully lifted on the finish. It's glorious in its youthful freshness, a great warm-weather refresher. That is what it aims for. It succeeds. — If you're wondering what you get by trading up to the regular 2019 Santorini this issue, for another $10, that's easy—more ripeness and more flavor. It seems more concentrated too, although well balanced. This does its job well, though. Under screw cap, this should hold rather well, perhaps better than indicated. It's a nice buy." Drink 2020 - 2027
16./20 JancisRobinson.com, Julia Harding MW (2018 vintager)
"90% Assyrtiko, 10% Athiri, Aïdani, plus a small amount of the rare 30 indigenous varieties of the island. All from young vines, all fermented in tank. RS 2.8 g/l, pH 3.
Very fresh and lively. Bright citrus, still has Assyrtiko green fruit and mineral/stony aftertaste. GV (JH)." Drink 2019 - 2020
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