2019 ASSYRTIKO, ‘Wild Ferment’, Gaia. Santorini, Greece
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Area: Santorini is a volcanic island in the Aegean sea off mainland Greece. Poor, rocky soils ensure low yields and potentially high quality.
Grape Variety: 80 year old, un-grafted Assyrtiko vines, fermented with natural yeasts; matured half in steel, half in barrel (some oak, some acacia wood).
Producer: Modern estate run by Leon Karatsalos and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos, making fine wines in both Nemea and Santorini.
Food Match: So much flavour - so good with food; even copes with 'difficult' ingredients like artichoke, asparagus and fennel. Just make sure the food is well seasoned enough to cope with the wine....
Old Bridge Rating: The wild ferment has given a genuinely 'wild' style. Subtle but intriguing aromatics; lively freshness with intensity that grows and grows as the wine gets more air in the glass. A complex wine for the thinking drinker.
Press Reviews: Platinum Award for best Greek white at the Decanter World Wine Awards, 2018. 97/100 -
"Broad complexity on the nose with firm, citrus, nettles, slated butter, preserved lemon and well-integrated oak. Textured with ripe acidity, along with lovely salinity and precision. Superb length."
£34.50 per bottle
£32.78 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£31.05 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles