Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes write’s Virgil and warns us against accepting gifts from the Greek. But this isn’t Troy and they are not coming with large wooden horses. Now they are gifting us wine, and it sure is superb! As you probably have noticed we have gone a bit Greek wine mad here on the KulTour-blog this year. And the reason is clear, the great, great wines that have been introduced to us these last few years have all been superb, and this week's wine is no exception.
Gaia Wild Ferment Assyrtiko White is made from Assyrtiko grapes from Santorini that are fermented using only natural yeasts. 35% of the wine is fermented in oak casks and 15% in acacia. The Assyrtiko vineyard is located in Santorini. The terroir is recognised worldwide for its tremendous historical roots, as the vineyards in this area date back 3,000 years. The low-yielding, 80 year old, self rooted vines are grown in soils which are poor in organic matter. The high sand content has ensured they have never been affected by phylloxera. The soils are also volcanic: porous with a high mineral content, which imparts the mineral quality to the wine. The long sunshine hours, lack of rainfall, sea mists and strong summer winds all contribute to the unique microclimate.
Assyrtiko by Gaia Wild Ferment 2020 - 299,90 kr
What an amazing, almost Burgundian nose, with white flowers, acacia and touches of ginger forming the core. The palate is complex and evolves in the mouth, revealing vibrant fruit and a strong mineral structure. An excellent, highly polished wine with a long finish which leaves you with flavours of ripe, engaging fruit.
This is a wine that screams for seafood. Try this instead of a Chablis next time you have shrimp for example. Will also be perfect with grilled fish and a nice butter sauce.