Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini 2020 (Santorini, Greece) - [W&S 92] [WA 91+] [WS 90]

Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini 2020
(Santorini, Greece) - [W&S 92] [WA 91+] [WS 90]

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About the Winery: 

Domaine Sigalas was founded on the island of Santorini in the south Aegean in 1991 by Paris Sigalas, Christos Markozane and Yiannis Toundas. Located outside the small town of Oia, on the northern part of Santorini Island, their very modern winery was built in 1998, although grape growing in this part of the world dates back to antiquity.

The viticultural region of Santorini is ancient, with varieties that date back thousands of years. The vines are classified as old vines (since they were not destroyed during the Phylloxera epidemic), and are over 50 years in age. The company cultivates 19 hectares of vineyards with local varieties and produces quality wines, in which you can see the potential of the varieties and the unique 'terroir' of the volcanic island. The viticultural region of the island has a size of approximately 1,400 hectares, starting at sea level and ascending in terraces up to the caldera, which has a height of 150 to 250 meters above sea level. Vines literally grow right up to the beach and are situated in very sandy soil.

Colour: Pale Yellow, with green hues.

About the Wine:

Nose: Aromatic, with citrus fruit and minerality.

Mouth: Minerality is evident, as a result of Santorini's unique terroir. Quite austere, with the acidity being the backbone of the wine, allowing it to age. Petrol notes and honey-suckle appear in aged Assyrtikos, similar to the German and Alsatian Rieslings.

The wine is aged for 3 months in stainless steel tanks on it’s lees then bottled.

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Wine & Spirits Magazine

91+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2020 Santorini Assyrtiko, the flagship 100% Assyrtiko, is unoaked, dry (1.9 grams of residual sugar, six grams of total acidity) and comes in at 15.1% alcohol, a notable spike. That has some pros and cons. This is not the zestiest Assyrtiko, but it sure is ripe and rich. It sits in the mouth, coating the palate and seeming very weighty. Yet it doesn't always seem expressive, at least not today. It also seems to hold the alcohol pretty well, and hopefully that will continue as this ages. So far, so good, in other words, but this will be interesting to watch as it evolves over the rest of the decade. They normally age well. Will this have the structure to do so? In terms of concentration, for that part of the deal it is just packed with fruit, even if the fruit seems a bit closed right now. Again, so far, so good, but other years might surpass it in terms of aging. This will plainly show better next year, and then we will have a better idea of where its ceiling is. As is often the case, it was also better the next day, but sometimes it seems too ripe for its own good." - Mark Squires (June 2021)

90 Points - Wine Spectator:
"A sleek, fresh white, displaying lively Asian pear and fig fruit flavors, with accents of pickled ginger and preserved lemon. Creamy on the minerally finish. Drink now. 8,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported." - AN (Dec 2021)