Legendary Assyrtiko from the leading lights of winemaking on Santorini - one of the last wines made by Haridimos Hatzidakis
Jancis Robinson - "Deep gold. Very slightly reductive. Very full and rich on the palate. This has aged beautifully. Pungent finish. Such a bouquet of wild flowers in here. Explodes in the mouth. So much going on here!"
Established in 1996 on vineyards abandoned after the 1956 earthquake, the late Haridimos Hatzidakis brought the experience of being Boutari's chief winemaker to Santorini. He put Santorini Assyrtiko on the map as a unique, unforgetable, fine wine.
The passing of the baton (skitali) is encapsulated in Skitali , a wine that was left behind in tank after Haridimos passing, and thus spent longer on the lees than planned before bottling. A great tribute to Haridimos since he was a strong proponent of Assyrtiko aged in tank. The label was designed by daughter Stella.
All tank-fermented Assyrtiko from Pyrgos and Megalochori, ungrafted and dry-farmed, 40–80 years old. Indigenous yeasts. One year on lees. Unfiltered.
Tasting Note: Mild yellow color with golden shades. White flowers and citrus aromas. Powerful and intense in the mouth with strong acidity. Intense minerality and lasting aftertaste.
Critics: Jancis Robinson 18/20, Decanter 93/100