Santo-Wines Sparkling Brut, Assyrtiko, Santorini
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Dry Sparkling White Wine, Méthode Traditionnelle, Assyrtiko 100%, PDO Santorini, Vintage 2014, Alc. 11.6% by Vol., Production: 10.000 bottles, Bottle Size: 750ml, Closure type: Natural Cork.
2017, 88 pts, Decanter WWA, UK, Vintage 2014.
2016, Commended, Decanter WWA, UK, Vintage 2013.
2014, Top 10 New Products, The Drinks Business.
Crystal-clear, with pale yellow-green colour. The nose is expressive with peach notes, honey and hints of honeycomb. Round and balanced on the palate, with refreshing acidity that provides freshness and pleasant character, leading towards a long finish.
Perfect as an aperitif or dessert. Served at 8 °C.
The vineyards in Pyrgos village, Santorini Island, Cyclades.
Altitude: Up to 400m. Soil: volcanic and dry.
Harvest: Handpicked, End of July.
Yield: 30 hl/he.
Age of vines: Over 50 years.
After cooling the early picked grapes down at 5 °C, the grapes were pressed as quickly as possible and the juice was left to settle down. Primary fermentation took place, resulting in a base wine with a neutral flavour character, high acidity and just a moderate alcohol by volume, as in the case of champagne. The wine was stabilized and filtered and a proportion of liqueur de tirage was added to encourage the secondary fermentation. The wine was then closed with a crown cap and left to ferment and create the sparkle. The sparkling wine was left over a period of 10 months on the lees, in a process known as yeast autolysis. Acidity: 5.9 g/L TA, pH: 3.02, Residual sugar: 7.3 g/L.