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Assyrtiko

Assyrtiko is perhaps Greece’s premium grape, with increasing single varietals offering classic European virtues of clean apple/lemon flavours and an influence of the vineyard (terroir). Originating on volcanic Santorini island, Assyrtiko is rare in being able to survive these desert conditions and grows in a most unique way, with vines widely spaced and trained into dew-gathering bushes or sheltering baskets to protect fruit from high winds and sun. Here the grape’s ability to maintain acidity when ripe is desperately required. Acid is a virtue too for the Island's traditional sweet ‘Vinsanto’ production, but dry versions must check its acidity through good winemaking or blending. Assyrtiko is mostly too prized or too acid for humble Retsina blends, the resin-infused style of Greek tradition.

Assyrtiko

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  1. 2016 Argyros Atlantis White

    2016 Argyros Atlantis White

    91 Points John Caro
    A beautiful aperitif and fish white from the Greek Island of Santorini. The Atlantis offers a softer version of the austere Assyrtiko grape, here blended with a other local grapes into a house ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  2. 2016 Argyros Santorini Assyrtiko

    2016 Argyros Santorini Assyrtiko

    91 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A seriously fine, mineral white from the Greek Island of Santorini made from ungrafted vines up to 100 years old. Argyros date back to 1903 but have vines also aged up to 300-350 years old and ...
    $35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle
  3. Mixed 6 - Argyros Estate, Santorini (Greece)

    Mixed 6 - Argyros Estate, Santorini (Greece)

    93 Points John Caro
    A unique opportunity - two special whites from the harsh volcanic soils of Greece's Santorini Island. Here 300 year old Assyrtiko vines grow as they have since time immemorial, in low-creeping ...
    $182.94 per pack

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