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Gaia Estate Wild Ferment Assyrtiko 2016, Santorini

Customer Score: 100/100

A Gaia Estate white wine

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Gaia Wines was founded in 1994 by Yiannis Paraskevopoulos and it is the aim of this man to present the potential of the indigenous Greek grape varieties in and around the area of Santorini to the wine enthusiasts worldwide. This unusual wine is made by undergoing the 12-hour skin contact process at around 10οC, the grape must is placed in small new French oak barrels. The temperature is then allowed to rise naturally, without any further involvement. From that point on fermentation develops on its own at a gradual pace. The wild yeast strains that prevail are the ones which eventually determine the wine’s character.


This wild ferment has a slight citrus aroma with well-combined elegant oak notes, a rich mouth fell, crispy acidity, intense mineral flavours and a long finish. Ripe apple, ruby grapefruit and quince flavors mix well in this robust white. The fresh finish offers spice and herb cream notes. Would pair with big rich seafood meals like octupus and squid and fish baked with tomatoes and herbs. 


"A quite different style again, smoky flinty/mineral notes, creamy lemon zest,  fine oak, preserved lemons, rich palate, complex and expertly made wine. Oaky notes on finish" 17.5 Points,


“But it’s Gaia’s Wild Ferment Assyrtiko that’s one of my all-time favourite white wines – with thrilling power, savoury depth and zesty intensity. Assyrtiko, from the island of Santorini, is produced from ancient vineyards creating tightly focused eruptions of citrus power.” (2015 vintage) Olly Smith, Mail on Sunday

"David Williams heralds the Gaia Wild Ferment Assyrtiko (2015) as a STAR WINE in The Guardian, describing the wine as being of “top white burgundy quality”. He praises its mineral complexity, while noting that the characteristic lemon zing of the Assyrtiko grape also makes it a good pick for ceviche."

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Country Greece
Region Santorino
Grape Assyrtiko
Volume 75cl
Style Full and Generous
ABV 13.0%
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