Avantis Anhydrous Afoura Assyrtiko, PDO Santorini, Greece 2019

Regular price £34.49

Complex Assyrtiko from the Island of Santorini, huge length and pleasure

The Winemaker Apostolos Mountrichas of Avantis Estate Winery in Evia, fell in love with Santorini and the strong personality of Assyrtiko. In 2012 he returned back for the winemaking of the top indigenous variety in the incomparable volcanic terroir of Santorini.

His philosophy rely on wines with purity, primary varietal characteristics and balance. Wines that reflect the connection to the Santorinian anhydrous land, the majesty of earth, the volcano, the sun, the sea breeze, the Cycladic air – the intense personality of this unique PDO land.

High quality wines sealed with the raw beauty of Santorini. These are the Anhydrous wines.

The premium Santorini Assyrtiko Wine, has been named as Afoura, after the large oak barrels that used traditionally in Santorini to age their fine wines. Grown in Pyrgos.

The Mountrichas family has been growing grapes since 1830, and today Apostolos and his wife Lenga make the wines and run Avantis Esate. The 20 hectare property is located on the island of Evia, just off the East coast of Greece. A combination of red and white traditional and international varieties are planted, producing both blended and single varietal wines. This estate has a great reputation in Greece as one of the country's most progressive wineries, however was not imported to the UK until 2018.

Tasting Note: Complex nose with aromas of flint, minerals, dried citrus peel and sweet aromas of honey and bergamot. Abundant minerality and allusions of tobacco and nuts. Exuberant palate with crisp acidity and immense aftertaste.

Critics: Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 (2016), Decanter World Wine Awards - Silver 91/100 (2017)

100% Assyrtiko