Gaia Santorini Wild Ferment Assyrtiko 2008

White Blends from Greece

Item No. 101524
  • white wine
  • boutique wine
  • W&S94
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

For "Assyrtiko by GAIA - Wild Ferment" we took a different approach. The Assyrtiko grape, carefully selected, originates exclusively from the "upland" vineyard of Pyrgos, a factor that makes it a little more aromatic than the Assyrtiko from the other parts of the island.

After undergoing the 12-hour skin contact the must is partially clarified and stored in small chilled INOX tanks as well as in new 225 lit French Oak barrels. The temperature is then allowed to rise naturally, without any further involvement. From that point on, modern technology passes the baton to traditional winemaking.

Alcoholic fermentation begins and develops on its own at a very gradual pace. The yeast strains that have managed to prevail are the ones which eventually determine - to a large extent - the new wine's character.

A particularity of most Assyrtiko varieties from Santorini is that, although we're talking about white wines, they take on the "demeanor" or red wines! Try ageing Gaia's Assyrtiko for 2-3 years, but strictly at a temperature never surpassing 12-14 degrees celsius. The wine will undergo profound changes. Its metallic dimension will subside while the fruity and honey flavors will envelop its body.

Finally, remember to pour Gaia's Assyrtiko (whether new or aged) in a wide decanter for around half an hour before savoring it. The new dimension this creates in the wine will enthrall you!

Critical Acclaim

"Elegant, wild Assyrtiko, this is Santorini in a glass. Aromas of sea, salt, volcanic stone and minerals take you there. A small amount of barrel fermented Assyrtiko adds richness to the flavors without adding sweetness. Similar to White Burgundy in its intense minerality and acidity, it's all about the palate-unique and alive. Less than 100 cases made."
94 Points

Learn About Gaia

GAIA WINES was founded in 1994 by Leon Karatsalos and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos.

Thalassitis, a Santorini A.O.C. white wine, inaugurated the company's first appearance, and quickly won a place in the Greek wine market. The 9,800 numbered bottles of Thalassitis in 1994, rapidly rose to more than 100,000 in 1999, all the while maintaining its commitment to quality.

In 1996 GAIA WINES acquired a private vineyard in Koutsi region of Nemea, along with a perfectly equipped winery of a total capacity of 3.000hl.

Learn About Greece

Greece Much of the wine drinking culture in Europe comes from the early Greek settlers. Home to Dionysus, the God of Wine, Greece has long touted the virtues of drinking wine. With over 400 indigenous varieties, you won't find many Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines, although the grapes do grow here and are occasionally blended. The climate of Greece is good for...

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Learn About Other White Blends

Other White Wine While there are a slew of other white varietals out there in the world, a few more worth knowing about... Albarino Mostly grown and drunk in the northwest part of Spain, Rias Baixas (in Galacia), this grape is loved by almost all who try it. A great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and every other white grape, Albarino is aromatically intense...

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