Assyrtiko Wild Ferment, Gaia
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Assyrtiko Wild Ferment, Gaia - 2022

Item # 23422 750mL

A dry, white wine made of the local Assyrtiko grape. The Gai'a winery makes these wines from Santorini and is perhaps the only winery we know of using native yeasts for fermentation. The result is a fabulously floral wine that's mineraled and rich. Drink just lightly chilled.

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This wine really sets the outer boundary for what Assyrtiko is and can be. Fermented with ambient yeasts in a combination of stainless steel, French oak, American oak, and Acacia wood, the wine develops a rich, full-bodied character that, owing to its island terroir, retains the freshness and salinity that makes the varietal great in the first place. An obvious pairing choice for any number of seafood or Greek dishes, its got the structure to stand up to even heartier proteins. Don't let this be your first Assyrtiko; it just might ruin anything else that comes after it. Really, its that good.

- JA

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Assyrtiko

Pronounced "a SEER tee ko". This white varietal is native to Santorini and the other Aegean Islands. Used to make crisp dry wines similar in style to dry Riesling, it is often blended with other varietals - both indigenous and international - such as Sauvignon Blanc. This grape is also used to make the popular Greek dessert wine, Vinsanto.


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