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Assyrtiko, Wild Ferment, Gaia

Greece | 2019
vev
(1 customer review)

£33.00 a bottle

Assyrtiko, Wild Ferment, is made from the superb Greek native Assyrtiko grape. is made from the superb Greek native Assyrtiko grape. The wild ferment refers to the use of natural yeast indigenous to the vineyard. Remarkably smoky, savoury notes with saline touches and a tangy, mildly citric fruit quality and gentle vanilla notes. Subtle but intriguing aromatics and lively freshness with intensity that grows and grows.  For us, the leading producer from the historic volcanic island of Santorini. Very individual – give it a go!

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Origin

Santorini is a volcanic island in the Aegean sea off mainland Greece. The soil is volcanic and mineral rich, but low on nutrients, ensuring low yields and a potentially high quality crop. Grapes are sourced from the upland vineyard of Pyrgos. Fruit is harvested from 80 year old, un-grafted Assyrtiko vines, trained incredibly low to the ground – in interesting basket shapes – to counter the effects of the strong winds on the island.

Producer

One of the pioneers of the modern Greek wine revolution Gaia Estate was established in 1994 by Greek winemakers Leon Karatsalos and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos. Operating two different wineries they make cutting edge wines in both Nemea and Santorini. Gaia’s main aim is to present the potential of the indigenous Greek grape varieties to wine enthusiasts worldwide.

Grape Variety

100% Assyrtiko.

The production process involves a combination of modern and traditional wine making practices. Harvested grapes are first crushed and cold soaked with skin contact; the must is then transferred to a mix of stainless steel tanks (50%), oak casks (35%) and acacia wood barrels (15%), ‘Wild ferment’ refers to the use of natural yeast fermentation.

Food Match

This wine will work with a number of different options, traditionally white fish but also other seafood, poultry and lamb.

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Alcohol Percentage

13.5%

Additional information

Vintage

2019

Style

Crisp & Dry Whites

Grape Variety

Country of Origin

Other

Vegetarian, Vegan

Food Pairing

Pork, Poultry, Roast Lamb, Seafood, White Fish

Region

Santorini

Alcohol Percentage

13.5%

1 review for Assyrtiko, Wild Ferment, Gaia

  1. rpejs.timmins

    Wonderfully different. The wild yeast gives a complex acidity to the taste. Probably my favourite wine but be prepared to be surprised! Definitely worth a try.

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