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Sigalas, Assyrtiko 2018
Straw blonde colour, with light shades of green and a subtle nose of citrus fruit. Excellent structure with a depth of flavour and an acidity which brings the flavors to the fore and adds freshness, with a lasting after-taste. The wine has the characteristic mineral taste, typical of the variety and the soil of Santorini. Petrol notes and honey-suckle appear as it ages.
Typical white wine vinification techniques. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks under controlled temperature.
Domaine Sigalas was founded in 1991 by Paris Sigalas, Christos Markozane and Yiannis Toundas. Initially, Sigalas made his wine at the converted Sigalas family home. In 1998 a new vinification, bottling and aging unit was built in a privately owned area of Oia, on the northern part of Santorini. Sigalas has been a pioneer in the organic viticulture and has participated in a government organic farming methods program since 1994. Paris Sigalas remains committed to the founding principles of Domaine Sigalas � a creative relationship with the tradition, the Santorini Vineyards as well as the use of the best in winemaking technology and experience. Sigalas concentrates on native grape varieties works most closely with Assyrtiko, but also has plantings of Athiri, Aedani, Mandilaria and Mavrotragano. The winery owns 14 hectares of organically grown Assyrtiko and includes permanent cooperation with local grape producers. Recently under cultivation are another 4 hectares of Aedani and Mavrotragano, 2.5 hectares of Assyrtiko and in the near future plans to add another 15 hectares of Assyrtiko. The porous volcanic soil of Santorini allows the earth to retain water, giving the vineyards the ability to stay nourished during the high summer temperatures. During the hot Greek summer, rains are extremely rare and the only source of water for the vineyards is the nocturnal fogs. After the evening sun sets the island becomes enveloped in a fog that comes in from the sea. The vines are able to retain the water they need from this evening fog and use it during the warm daylight hours when it is needed most. �Sigalas is one of Greece�s finest white wine producers � in fact, a short list candidate for the best. I would like to take credit for that conclusion, but there is not much dissent here. This producer is universally acclaimed for his skill with Assyrtiko of all types � dry, barrel fermented and sweet � and I can only climb on the bandwagon. Sigalas is simply a master with this grape.� -The Wine Advocate