Vassaltis Assyrtiko Gramina


for the equivalent of £44.55 a bottle

Grower: Vassaltis
Grape Variety: Assyrtiko / Aidani / Athiri
Style: Toasty and Mineral
Country: Greece
Appellation: Cyclades
Vintage: 2019/20
Closure: CORK
Alcohol: 13.5% ABV
Bottle Size: 75cl

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Pale vibrant lemon in colour with green hues. The bouquet compared to most upfront Santorini Assyrtiko whites, this sensational creation captures a profound granitic, basaltic, volcanic minerality, which is interwoven with intricate notes of dried oregano and wild thyme herbs. Neither overtly fruity, the palate is nonetheless underpinned by the most mouth-watering acidity that duals with sweet sour notes of green apple pastille, crunchy white peaches and intense saline notes of brine and sea breeze with complexing nuances of dried kelp, sushi nori, dry roasted nuts and bitter lemon peel pith. While never straying far from its crystalline purity and intensity, the palate texture remains bold, fleshy and long with characteristic layers of Santorini liquid minerality and oyster shell distinctiveness.

Famously home to one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world, those lucky enough to have visited this jewel of the Cyclades will know that the same volcano that created Santorini's dramatic caldera views, also created the volcanic soils that produce some of the world's most exquisitely fresh and mineral white wines, from local grape Assyrtiko. While there are a number of longer-established and more famous producers of Assyrtiko on the island, it's the younger generation represented by Vassaltis owner Yannis Valambous, who have the passion and energy to drive quality to the level of the fine white Burgundies and Rhones that dominate the world stage. Never exported outside of Greece before, this newest estate in Santorini boasts one of the most experienced winemaking teams on the island.



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