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Assyrtiko Wild Ferment by Gaia 2018

Assyrtiko Wild Ferment

by Gaia 2018

Producer : Gaia

Region : Greece (Greece), Santorini (Greece)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Rich Fish, Scallop, Soft Cheese, White Meat

Tasting Notes

"From 80 year old ungrafted vines, this is a remarkable wine with powerful, mineral lime curd and salty lemon rind fruit. It has amazing texture and a bit of structure, too, with a real saline intensity. Youthful and tight, with great concentration of flavour, this oozes minerality. There’s a lot of fruit, but it’s not really about the fruit at all. Quite profound." 
95 points - Wine Anorak, May 2019
 

"100% Assyrtiko. A whiff of white nectarine with a gunflint minerality and hint of spice. Lemony freshness, grapefruit and hints of wild flowers. Bone dry, with more peach and white plum characters on the palate and a softness on the acidity. Fresh and moderately aromatic; a pleasing alternative to a grand cru Chablis."

Decanter Magazine, May 2019

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 95
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Gaia
Region Greece (Greece), Santorini (Greece)
Alcohol 13.5% alc./vol.
Style Fresh and crisp whites
Vintage 2018
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 100% Assyrtiko
Food Pairing Rich Fish, Scallop, Soft Cheese, White Meat
Descriptors Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type White
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $354.00

The Producer

Gaia

Gaia was founded in 1994 by two friends, Agronomist Leon Karatsalos and Oenologist Yiannis Paraskevopoulos. They began with a small vineyard on the beautiful Island of Santorini.

Santorini's vineyards are known for cultivating the indigenous grape variety, Assyrtiko—a unique Mediterranean grape that thrives in exceptionally challenging climatic conditions. Despite the poor, porous volcanic soil primarily made of pumice, Assyrtiko grapes produce wines with notably high acidity. Gaia's vineyards, situated on the southeastern slopes of Episkopi, Akrotiri, and Pyrgos regions, exclusively consist of 70-80-year-old, ungrafted vines, resulting in remarkably low yields. In today's technologically advanced world, this is an extraordinary anomaly and a wine that deserves preservation and admiration.

In 1996, Leon and Yiannis acquired a fully operational winery with vineyards in Nemea, located just outside Athens. Here, they cultivate the red grape variety Agiorgitiko, which is considered a remarkable grape. Agiorgitiko can be crafted into a variety of styles, ranging from fruity rosé and light-bodied reds best enjoyed slightly chilled to full-bodied reds that benefit from oak aging and can be aged and improved for many years. In many respects, Agiorgitiko is akin to Greece's Nebbiolo.

Gaia is renowned for producing a diverse range of exceptionally high-quality wines in various styles. Renowned wine critic Robert Parker describes them as ‘one of Greece's finest wineries, producing crisp Santorini whites and Agiorgitiko that ranks among Greece's best.’ They were named Wine & Spirits Winery of the Year in 2007, 2009, and 2010!

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