Santorini White Blend, Akra Chryssos
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Organic

Santorini White Blend, Akra Chryssos - 2018

Item # 44117 750mL
$42.96/ Single Bottle
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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.


Tasting Notes

This is a white blend made from local grapes coming from the Louros vineyard and is made by a young winemaker originally from Crete, Iliana Malihin who works alongside the island's top viticulturalist, Spiros Chryssos. She works with old (up to 200 years in age), ungrafted vines at high elevations. Fermented with indigenous yeasts without the use of any wood. Bottled unfiltered.


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Staff Pick Notes

Luxurious Santorini white blend made of 80% Assyrtiko, 10% Aidani, and 10% Athiri. Lush and full-bodied and lightly honeyed with yellow fruit and flowers, and hints of salt, brine, and mineral. The vines are apparently 200 years old (!), lending intense concentration of flavor to the wine, which also has a long finish that you never want to leave your palate. The winemaker is Iliana Malihin, a rising star in the Greek wine world. Unfiltered, unoaked, and grown at higher altitude than most Santorini wines, this one is ageworthy and divine.

- MM

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Athiri

A Greek white grape with a lemony character, often blended with other grapes such as the Assyrtiko.

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.

Aidani

A white grape variety that enjoys particular success on the Greek island of Santorini, Aidani also grows in the Cyclades, Naxos, and Paros. Yielding wines of moderate alcohol content and acidity, the grape offers a richly floral aroma, making it an ideal blending partner for higher-alcohol/higher-acidity grapes, such as Assyrtiko.


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