Old vine Assyrtiko from Santorini from a family winery, with the structure to age for 6 years or more - Decanter 96/100 (2019)
Gavalas family winery, one of the oldest wineries in Santorini, lies in the traditional village of Megalochori, Santorini. With 300 years of history, the aim of the family is to highlight the particular characteristics of Santorini’s “terroir”. The fourth generation winemaker is George Gavalas and the fifth is his son, Vagelis.
With proper respect to the local varieties, they are focused on limited production bottlings. Gavalas winery vinifies the most vibrant variety in Greece, Assyrtiko, as well as Aidani, Mandilaria and Mavrotragano. In order to show the richness of the land, they are the only winery in Santorini that vinifies the indigenous rare varieties of Katsano and Voudomato.
The stone building at the heart of operations used to be an old canava-winery, following the traditional architecture of the ancient Thira. With respect to the local culture Gavalas have retained all the original areas of the winery, such us cellars, grape stomping rooms and old entrances. Meanwhile they created a modern section with high tech equipment in order to produce high quality wines.
The harvest begins in the middle of August. The grapes are brought to the winery,having been carefully placed in crates and baskets, never completely filled so as to avoid any damage that might occur in transportation. Only 25% of the grape juice is extracted. It is then placed in stainless steel tanks where with a cold process it is separated from the lees. Fermentation then takes place in stainless steel vats at 18oC.
Old vines more than 50 years old from Megalochori, Akrotiri and Pyrgos.
Tasting Note: Aromas of citrus, lemon, pear and peach accompany the typical saltiness and minerality of Assyrtiko. Full body with high acidity and long aftertaste.
Critics: Decanter WWA Gold 96 (2019), Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 (2015), Thessaloniki International Wine Competition 90/100