Vassaltis Assyrtiko Santorini 2017
The picturesque island of Santorini has, over the years, built itself a reputation for being a very strong producer of wines indeed. Amongst this booming wine culture, a brand new project between friends was born when Yannis Valambous returned to Santorini, to revive his family vineyards.
This modern estate in Santorini can boast one of the most experienced winemaking teams on the island, with stints at places such as Michel Chapoutier in France, T-Oinos Estate on the Greek island of Tinos, as well as at Sigalas and Hatzidakis on Santorini itself.
Representing the younger generation of winemaking at Vassaltis, Yannis brought the passion and energy to drive quality to the level of fine white Burgundies and Rhones that dominate the world stage. Working with his friend and now colleague Elias Roussakis, the two extremely experienced oenologists work with the Aegean eco system, using indigenous grape varieties, utilising unique viticultural practices that have been a tradition in Santorini for centuries.
Made from 100% native grape variety Assyrtiko, this wine is produced without the influence of oak to maintain the characteristic varietal aromas and flavours. It has a nerve of mineral freshness running through the backbone of the wine. A creamy body is displayed from a 6 month period on lees, this balances the fresh citrus and stone fruit profile beautifully. This wine would make a fantastic alternative to unoaked Chardonnay as it is often described as Greece’s answer to Chablis.