Hatzidakis Vinsanto 2013 (half-bottle)

Hatzidakis Vinsanto 2013 (half-bottle)

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Hatzidakis' Vinsanto is an extraordinarily sweet, yet somehow endlessly refreshing dessert wine. Made principally with Assyrtiko blended with some other local varieties, it is aged for years before release, when it has achieved many layers of complexity.

Brown in colour with a greeny/ochre rim. Insanely intense aroma of figs and prunes and dried apricots, and a lifted character from the high VA (1.83 g/l). The aroma alone is intoxicating. Viscous, incredibly sweet and intense like liquidised prunes, the darkest of marmalade that still has a bitter orange note. Incredible that a wine so sweet can still have a fresh and refreshing aftertaste (note the pH and the RS). Outstanding intensity and deeply viscous. You could make one sip last all night, the aftertaste is so incredibly long. Outstanding wine. Even better with strong, hard cheese. Take your time with this wine: it deserves your full attention.

18.5 points

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, 17/11/2020
Type Sweet
Country Greece
Region Santorini
Producer Hatzidakis
Vintage 2013
Grape Varieties Assyrtiko
Farming Organic
Bottle Size 37.5 cL

On an island with no shortage of wine and wineries, Hatzidakis stands apart. More than any other Santorini producer, the wines of Hatzidakis are individual and authentic - inimitable artisan expressions of this unique place and its ancient vines.

Hatzidakis Winery started in 1997 with the resurrection of a long-abandoned vineyard. The parents of Haridimos Hatzidakis' co-founder, Constantina Chrisou, had left the island following the 1956 earthquake and not returned. Here Haridimos began cultivating Aidani, an obscure native grape variety, farming organically and transforming a small cave at one end of the vineyard into a traditional underground winery. For two decades, Haridimos experimented endlessly, working with traditional (and often previously neglected) Santorini varieties, identifying the character of individual vineyards and testing different winemaking techniques. He was Santorini's finest artisan winemaker, and when he tragically took his own life in 2017 he left a huge hole in the Greek wine world. But the Hatzidakis story is far from over. A new winery was recently completed, and Haridimos' daughter, Stella Hatzidakis, together with his assistant winemaker, Stella Papadimitriou, are continuing along the path laid out by Haridimos. They craft authentic, artisan wines with a rare sensitivity and skill.

The Hatzidakis vineyards consist of 10 hectares, mostly on the outskirts of the village of Pyrgos Kallistis, 150-300m above sea level facing north/north-east. All are farmed organically, and thanks to Santorini's Phylloxera-resistant volcanic soils, contain very old (often 100 years+) vines. As is traditional in Santorini, the vines are trained into basket shapes on the ground to protect them from harsh winds and to trap moisture during the humid nights. They are low-yielding (around 20 hl/ha) and native Santorini varieties - Assyrtiko, Aidani and Mavrortragano. More grapes are sourced from selected organic growers on the island.

Haridimos Hatzidakis was a pioneer of low-intervention winemaking on Santorini. He introduced wild ferments, late harvesting, low sulphur levels and single vineyard bottlings, showing the world just how great Santorini Assyrtiko could be. His red Mavrotragano and white Aidani brought even more obscure, endangered Santorini varieties to wider notice, and his sweet wines are among the island's best. The new generation are dedicated to continuing his pioneering work, ensuring Hatzidakis remains the first port of call for lovers of Santorini's finest wines.

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