Hatzidakis 2016 Assyrtiko de Mylos Vielles VignesRegular price £39
Nobody knows exactly how old the vines are on Santorini. Phylloxera, the louse that wiped out most of Europe's vineyards in the 19th century, cannot survive its volcanic soils. As a result, the root systems of many of these Assyrtiko vines could be ancient. Many are certainly more than 100 years old. Mylos is a single vineyard of such vines belonging to a monastery near Pyrgos, the highest village on the island.
Haridimos Hatzidakis made arguably his best wine from Mylos's fruit. It is textured, detailed, electrifying stuff, with huge ageing potential. With the sad death of Haridimos, the vineyard has gone to a new winery, and this great wine will not be made again.
|Wine||Assyrtiko de Mylos Vielles Vignes|
|Region||Greece > Santorini|
|Vineyard||A single vineyard belonging to a monastery near Pyrgos, with very old (100+ years) Assyrtiko vines.|
|Winemaking||Completely unoaked. The depth and character comes solely from the old vine fruit.|
|Lifespan||Dense and tightly wound on release, this should unfurl slowly and could be cellared for 10-20 years from vintage.|