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Sigalas Asirtiko Athiri 2011

Rich with viticulture history, vineyards have been cultivated on Santorini since at least the 17th century BC. I spent many years studying Bronze Age pithos, kraters, and cups all utilised in Aegean wine enjoyment, so I am always enthusiastic to give a pour to an ancient varietal. This past May the New York Times hailed Greek white wines from the 2011 and 2012 vintages as “a wonderful trove of wines that can be stimulating, even riveting, and rarely boring”. Assyrtiko with its distinct vibrant mineraltity and captivating earthy, savoury elements is a fantastic example of these character and quality driven wines. Sigalas Winery was founded in 1991 by Paris Sigalas, Christos Markozane and Yiannis Toundas and renamed Domaine Sigalas in 2003 when they also expanded their vineyard holdings and modernized their winery. They cultivate 19 hectares of vineyards with indigenous varietals and honour their founding philosophy of a “Creative relationship with the tradition of Santorini Land, know-how and quality”.

Pale straw in colour with aromas of lemon and crushed shells. Fresh squeezed lemon and rain washed minerals glided atop an undercurrent of smoky vegetal notes in the light body, whilst traces of white pepper and hazelnut lingered between each sip. Intriguing and clean flavours create an engaging glass fantastic for summer sipping.

75% Assyrtiko, 25% Athiri
Produced and Bottled by Domaine Sigalas SA
13.9% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2015

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