Before he tragically took his own life in August 2017, Haridimos Hatzidakis, Santorini's artisan winemaker, selected a single tank of his best Assytiko to be left on its lees for twelve months. This was to have been the latest in a long line of innovative wines. His assistant winemaker kept the tank as he wished, and it has now been bottled as Skitali.
Skitali is the perfect illustration of what Greek wine will be missing without the inspirational Hatzidakis. The time on lees has given it incredible depth and great texture. A multi-dimensional, fascinating wine.
Hatzidakis' last wine, Skitali 2016, is a marvel, aged for 12 months on its lees and every bit as impressive as a top grand cru white burgundy. I'd say it's worth every penny of its price tag of about £47.Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, 02/02/2019
Old vines in some of Hatzidakis's best vineyards, near the village of Pyrgos. A single tank left on its fine lees for twelve months.
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