The rugged, volcanic island of Santorini is rapidly gaining profile as a high quality wine-making area. Arid and dramatically windy, the vines get their water from the morning dew that condenses inside the traditional basket shaped crown vines, designed to protect against the island`s strong wind. The total absence of clay from the soil makes this a phylloxera-free island, and as a result many of the vines are 200 or even 300 years old. Assyrtiko is the indigenous white grape, which has a great ability to produce intense but crisp, energetic and mineral wines.
Founded in 1903 but working from a new, state-of-the-art winery since 2015, the Argyros Estate owns 65 hectares of vineyards across the island. Their Santorini Assyrtiko comes from vines averaging 60-110 years of age, the grapes being 100% fermented in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts and aged on the lees for 4 months. This 2017 vintage is a bright pale lemon-green colour, complex, stony aromas of fresh apricots and almonds. This is a silky and vivacious wine, with a creamy, succulent middle and a refreshing, dry, crisp finish.