ARGYROS ESTATE ASSYRTIKO SANTORINI 20
The great white Greek grape Assyrtiko is having a new lease of life around the world, thanks to interest from winemakers as far flung as Australia (Peter Barry is one of its biggest fans) and drinkers on both sides of The Atlantic. It's original home is the stunning Greek island of Santorini where, despite the hot climate, it has adapted to retain relatively high acidity, which gives its fresh taste when youthful and preserves it as a great wine to age too. If you're looking for the ideal white to drink with seafood, here it is. Also a great aperitif white.
92/100 Parker's Wine advocate, Mark Squires (2019 vintage)
"The 2019 Assyrtiko, the regular Santorini is unoaked, dry (four grams of residual sugar, 7.01 of total acidity) and comes in at 14% alcohol. Quite a difference from the 2018 (which was drier, more tense on the finish and not as rich). This is a blend from mainly Messaria, Karterados, Pyrgos, Megalochori and Akrotiri. The 2018 is more along the lines of the Atlantis but bigger—meaning, fresh, crisp and nervier. This is more along the lines of an upscale Santorini in style these days (although at a more reasonable price)—richer, full of flavor and nicely ripe. I liked both iterations, perhaps for different uses and different moments, but I suspect this will be the more popular wine. It certainly shows better today, as its bigger fruit is up front and delectable. I'm not sure that will be the final answer, though. Meanwhile, the structure may preserve the 2018 better. For the moment, this 2019 finishes with authority—and that extra flavor. The winery suggests it can last for a decade. It might do better, if well stored." Drink 2020 - 2029
17/20 JancisRobinson.com (2016 vintage)
"Smoky, mineral and almost sour on the nose. Bone-dry, tangy with both citrus and a firm stony character. Really impressive intensity formed out of rich fruit and high acidity."
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