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Gaia Santorini Wild Ferment Assyrtiko 2017

Assyrtiko from Santorini, Greece
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  • WE92
750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The citrus aromas of the Assyrtiko grapes combined with the floral aromas of the acaciawood and the vanilla of the oak result to a wine with a highly complex aromatic profile.Minerality and well-balanced acidity give depth and longevity. This white wine will continueto evolve for 2-5 years, as the mineral notes soften the palate will develop more nuancedflavors of fruit and honey.

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W&S 94
Wine & Spirits
This is a Santorini unlike any other. Cold macerated for 12 hours on the skins, then fermented without any added yeasts in an array of French and American oak barrels, as well as some made from acacia, it could stand in for a young Meursault. The initial oak scents are quickly subsumed in a tsunami of saline, chalky flavor, broad and savory, the texture as creamy as a meringue. It lasts on salt, lemon and chalk, ready to take on sliced leg of lamb with avgolemono.
WE 92
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Citrus, vanilla and spice aromas introduce this Assyrtiko from Santorini. On the palate, it's complex, with fresh fruit, sea salt and stone notes that finish with a whiff of smoke. Elegant and distinctive of its rare terroir.
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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.

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The remains of an ancient volcano that erupted around 1600 BC, Santorini is one of the southern Cyclades islands and is most recognized for its white wines made from the fruity and mineral-rich, Assyrtiko.

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A crisp white variety full of zippy acidity and with a striking mineral character, Assyrtiko comes from the volcanic Greek island of Santorini, but is grown increasingly wide throughout the country today. The reasons for its popularity are plentiful: it retains its acid and mineral profile in a hot climate, blends well with other grapes and can also withstand some age. Flavors often found in Assyrtiko and its blends include lemon zest, passion fruit, pineapple, flint and fennel. It is versatile when matched with food; try it with oysters, shrimp, salmon as well as grilled chicken, tomatoes and asparagus.

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