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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. 2015 Argyros Atlantis White

    2015 Argyros Atlantis White

    91 Points John Caro
    A beautiful food and aperitif white from the Greek Island of Santorini, the Atlantis offers a softer version of the austere Assyrtiko grape, blended with a other local grapes into a house style ...
    Elsewhere up to $28.99 Save $4 $24.99 a bottle
  2. 2015 Argyros Estate Oak Fermented Assyrtiko

    2015 Argyros Estate Oak Fermented Assyrtiko

    John’s Picks
    93 Points John Caro
    Truly unique - an elegant and serious white from 150 year old Assyrtiko vines on Greece's volcanic Santorini Island! Here the intense dry heat is balanced by the fruit's naturally intense ...
    Elsewhere up to $39.99 Save $4 $35.99 a bottle

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