As with Chardonnay from Burgundy, Assyrtiko from Santorini has an intrinsic synergy that leads to distinctive, remarkable wines. This delicious example from cult producer Vassaltis is a great example of why Santorini should be demanding your attention.
Minerality is key here, with Santorini's volcanic soil shining through, punctuated with intense stone fruits. Floral, precise, with an impressively persistent finish. The wine is aged in stainless steel only so retains vibrancy and freshness, whilst the 7 months on its lees adds weight and complexity.
Summer is in the air and this new 2019 Assyrtiko from Yiannis Valambous is another serious benchmark Santorini white. With the island’s unique volcanic terroir and old vines, you always know there will be freshness combined with a concentration of flavour and minerality. This classical rendition speaks of Santorini’s maritime terroir with a fabulously complex nose of dusty basaltic minerality, crushed gravel, salted almonds, lemon bon bons and dried summer grasses. On the palate there is impressive purity and precision, a hallmark of all the Vassaltis wines that combine a palate tingling intensity of salty, briney zest, deliciously tangy acids and a remarkable palate breath that leaves a long lasting impression. Drink now and over 3-5 years.