Skitali, Hatzidakis
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Organic

Skitali, Hatzidakis - 2019

Item # 14978 750mL
$59.96/ Single Bottle
$359.76 $323.78/ Case of 6
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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard. Certified in the country of origin.


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Skitali means baton and is symbolic of the passing on of this winery from one generation to the next. Winemaker Haridimos Hatzidakis's untimely death in 2017 meant that one tank was left in tank for longer than anticipated but resulted in an unctuous white wine that aged for 12 months on the lees. Near golden in color, lush on the palate and full-bodied Assyrtiko. Today, the winery is in the hands of Stella Hatzidakis, daughter of Haridimos.


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Staff Pick Notes

There’s a cinematic quality to the mouth-watering golden color of this wine, memories of Panavision sunsets and late summer dreams. On the nose, white flowers, honeysuckle, citrus, and a touch of smoke. On the palate, lemon icing, sharp and flinty acidity, and a hint of smoke and straw lead to a long luxurious finish. The vineyards of Santorini are characterized by volcanic soil, strong winds, rare rain fall, and hot summers, but also they've never been infected by Phylloxera. The old ungrafted vines of Santorini are trained into basket-like shapes, in order to protect them from strong winds. They're watered by the summer night humidity that remains on the soil. Low yields give the wines aromatic finesse, complexity, lavish volume, and a high capacity of aging. Paired wonderfully with a Manhattan clam chowder and baguette.

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Astor's Glossary of Terms

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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