Assyrtiko is the flagship white grape of Greece that originates from Santorini – the famous island with stunning blue and white churches and soils made up of volcanic ash from the volcanic eruption about 3600 years ago. The growing conditions on Santorini are almost impossible: burning heat, scarcity of water and ferocious winds, which sometimes exceed 80 km per hour. To protect the plantings, the vines are cultivated using a unique training system called ‘basket’ (‘kouloura’). Needless to say, that yields are extremely low. As a result, the best examples of Santorini Assyrtiko are incredibly complex wines which are ranked among the world’s top whites. (Fun fact: The volcanic ash is poisonous to phylloxera, the louse that destroyed most of the world's vineyards. This means assyrtiko vines are not grafted like most of vines in the world, with some root systems over 400 years old.)
Hatzidakis came into existence in 1996 when the late Haridimos Hatzidakis decided to recover the abandoned vineyards of his wife's family in the town of Pyrgos (Santorini) using respectful agriculture and respecting the Santorini tradition. Currently, his daughter Stella Hatzidakis takes charge of the great legacy her father left her.
Bright yellow color with lemon and white flowers nose. Smooth and aerial on the palate with a gentle and refreshing acidity on the finish. Matches well with shellfish and fish plates in general, green salads, asparagus white sauce meats and cheeses from Cyclades complex.