Gaia Estate  Wild Ferment Assyrtiko Santorini 2019

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Gaia Estate  Wild Ferment Assyrtiko Santorini 2019

Country - Greece

Region - Aegean Islands

Grape Varieties - Assyrtiko 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Gaia Wines

Tasting notes - A highly complex, aromatic nose and funky nose, with citrus notes combining with floral hints from the acacia wood, vanilla, toasty oak and a touch of smoke. The layers of wild ferment envelop this precise and dry wine which has a mineral and salty complexity to the tangy finish. This is a truly unique wine. 

 

Gaia Estate  Wild Ferment Assyrtiko Santorini 2019

The palate is salty dry with laser-beam precision and
very funky wild ferment layering of complexity, with oak
wreathed minerality and gun flint flavours. Aegean
Puligny.


Producer Note
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.


Vintage
The 2019 vintage experienced a rainy winter and spring, which built soil water
reserves to nourish the vines during the growing season. The summer was cooler
than average and as a result the phenological stages of development were
delayed. The harvest took place under good conditions and the grapes produced
during the 2019 vintage have an enhanced aromatic and acidity profile.


Vineyard
The Assyrtiko (Ah-SEER-tee-koe) vineyard is located in Santorini. The terroir is
recognised worldwide for its tremendous historical roots, as the vineyards in this area
date back 3,000 years. The low-yielding, 80 year old, self rooted vines are grown in
soils which are poor in organic matter. The high sand content has ensured they have
never been affected by phylloxera. The soils are also volcanic: porous with a high
mineral content, which imparts the mineral quality to the wine. The long sunshine
hours, lack of rainfall, sea mists and strong summer winds all contribute to the unique
microclimate. The surrounding Aegean Sea acts as a "climatic buffer" which softens
the climate, so the extreme conditions are reduced. The vines are trained on
traditional basket shaped systems called "kouloura".


Winemaking
The hand-picked grapes were destemmed, crushed and cold soaked for 12 hours
with skin contact at 10°C. The free run juice was then fermented naturally, using only
natural yeasts. 45% of the must was fermented in stainless steel tanks at low
temperatures, 45% in wooden casks (15% French oak, 15% American oak, 15% in
acacia casks). The remaining 10% was in ceramic vats. The temperature was
allowed to rise naturally without any further intervention. From here, modern
technology passed the baton to traditional winemaking and fermentation
developed at its own, gradual pace, with the prevailing yeast strains determining the
wine's final character. The wine was aged on its fine lees for four to six months with
bâtonnage.


Tasting Note
A highly complex, aromatic nose and funky nose, with citrus notes combining with
floral hints from the acacia wood, vanilla, toasty oak and a touch of smoke. The
layers of wild ferment envelop this precise and dry wine which has a mineral and
salty complexity to the tangy finish. This is a truly unique wine.


Grape
Assyrtiko 100%

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