Assyrtiko

Assyrtiko is a white Greek wine grape indigenous to the island of Santorini. Assyrtiko is the most widely planted on Santorini, an island known forarid volcanic-ash-rich soils, harsh winds and hot temperatures. 

Santorini is a classified region of Europe under PDO Santorini. They island is known for it's Santori wine made of 100% Assyrtiko, Nykteri wines made of 75% or more Assyrtiko and the remaining percentage deriving from Aidani and Athiri and the sweet Vinsanto made up of 51%+ Assyrtiko with the remaning percentage deriving from Aidani and Athiri as well as other local varieties. Assyrtiko is often referred to as a white wine with a red wine's character due to it's full body and weight. Assyrtiko is a large-clustered, thin-skinned white grape that can be vinified dry to sweet. Dry wines are generally intensely mineral, high acid, full of citrus making this perfect company for a variety of foods, particularly grilled seafoods.

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  • Boutari Assyrtiko Santorini 2012

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    Tight on the nose with a hint of tar laying under notes of dried peaches and ... mid-palate. A modern take on Assyrtiko that remains true to its roots. The finish here really shows how assertive Assyrtiko the grape . It is not to be tamed. 87p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Spyros Hatziyiannis Assyrtiko Santorini 2011

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    Preserved lemons, lemon verbena, flowers and a sweet, nutty base note greets the nose. A bit softer than most whites from Santorini, this does show of a nice white minerality in the mouth but it lacks some height in the mouth and intensity of flavors. A bit of lime, a bit of mineral, a bit of herb, attractive flavors are here but they dont knit ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Boutari Assyrtiko Santorini Kallisti 2007

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    Deep and golden in color. This smells predominantly of old wood with fair underlying complexity of dried fruits, dried flowers, spearmint. honey comb and toasted almond. Smooth, with integrated acidity, this does have a lovely texture with flavors that have faded somewhat with time yet remain well balanced and moderately fresh. Theres a touch of... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Boutari Santorini White 2011

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    Dry and a bit stony on the nose this shows a bit of a woody accent and a little hint of the sweetness of oxidation wrapped up in aromas of sweet gum and beeswax. Supple, low and elegant in the mouth, theres a softness here that benefits from the modest richness of this wine. Very easy drinking, if a bit short on the finish, this delivers modest ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Santo Wines Assyrtiko 2012

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    Lovely on the nose and fairly fruit with hints of apricot and quince under a sheen of sapwood framed lime with just a pinch of dusty minerality as a top note. That friendly, fruity character on the nose translates to the palate as well where this is fairly fruity, though not lacking in either acidity or minerality. Zesty and bright, this finishe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini 2012

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    Subtle and complex on the nose with a fine blend of floral, dusty mineral and orchard fruit aromas. With excellent focus this enters the mouth broad and firm delivering layers of polleny floral, pithy citrus and minerally flavors that show excellent depth on the palate. This is at once lean and somewhat rich on the citrus, melon and faintly fig ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Greek Wine Cellars Santorini 2012

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    Pretty surprising. I was expecting a very stark, crisp wine. The first sip made me think of a California Chardonnay. Fortunately, that first impression faded. There is an oaky/vanilla hint at first, but it quickly passes and I get some peachy, lemony acid that make me feel this will be a good seafood accompaniment, tonight. US$11.68 at Tota... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Gaia Estate Assyrtiko Wild Ferment 2012

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    Didn't like. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Tsantali Metochi Chromitsa Weiwein 2010

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    Underbrush and earth greet the nose followed by smoky old barrel notes. Gentle and easy on the palate with modest pineapple fruit and some zesty mineral notes adding some interest but this is mainly neutral and easy. 75pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • The world of wine can generally be split into two halves, the familiar and the ... the ... for example that Assyrtiko, grown in volcanic soil on the island of Santorini, is all about salt ocean spray, and deep minerality precisely because of its roots, no pun intended. Summer is here in full swing, finally, and wines like Assyrtiko are exactl... Read More

    From the article Latest Greek White Wines


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