After Santorini: Kefalonia and the Queen of Greek Wine

After Santorini: Kefalonia and the Queen of Greek Wine

Greetings from Devon where something that looks like normality is starting to emerge from hiding. Thank you to all of you who have kept us going with your orders over the last few months. Your support has been greatly appreciated. I hope the wines have given those of you at home the opportunity for some armchair travel. It's why I drink them.

And where better to travel right now than a secluded spot on one of Greece's beautiful islands? Many of you will know us for our championing of Assyrtiko from Santorini. But if Assyrtiko is the king of Greek white grapes then Robola is the queen, and we've been seeking a truly fine example from its home on Kefalonia for some time now. It's been worth the wait.

The Sarris winery is in the south-west of the island, overlooking the Ionian Sea. This is in an area of picturesque villages, olive and orange groves, as well as vineyards in terraces below a forest of black pine. The winemaking is what you might call 'low intervention'. The wine is fermented with wild yeasts, half in a two year-old, two tonne oak barrel, and half in stainless steel. There is a bit of skin contact, and then it is left to do its thing, bottled unfined and unfiltered and with no additions save a little sulphur at bottling.

The end result is a bright, crisp white - a little floral, with a lovely citrus intensity, great minerality and a lot of layers. It has many of the elements you get in Santorini Assyrtiko, with a little less power and a softer, easier-going character. And while Santorini prices continue to soar, this is exceptionally well priced.

We have a small amount in stock now, with more coming in next week and available to pre-order. Don't miss it.

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