Greetings from Devon where the sun is out and I'm celebrating a new release from one of my favourite ever producers. The 2016 vintage of Haridimos Hatzidakis' top wine, Louros, is en-route from Santorini and available to pre-order as of now.
Haridimos Hatzidakis was endlessly experimental, making a considerable range of Santorini Assyrtiko. Most recently we've had Skitali (long lees ageing) and Mylos (single vineyard - now sold out). The one wine I haven't been able to talk about is Louros. This was always top of the tree in terms of reputation, longevity, and price. It sold out every year, and has not been seen in the UK for a long while.
The fruit for Louros comes from ancient Assyrtiko vines. Unlike most other Santorini, it is fermented in oak. This gives it a richness that you don't generally find with Assyrtiko, which is cut through by all the extraordinary natural power, freshness and minerality typical of Santorini. It's a stunning combination, and Hatzidakis' most ambitious wine. The 2016 is the last vintage Haridimos made.
It feels like an eternity since we've seen this wine. Don't miss it this time around.
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