Hatzidakis 2018 Skitali
- 9 in stock
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 was bottled as Skitali. It immediately became one of Greece's finest wines, a fitting legacy for the inspirational Hatzidakis. It is now made each year in the same way, and continues to astound. The time on lees gives the wine incredible depth and great texture. A multi-dimensional, fascinating wine.
Very slightly more golden than the Familia and definitely more richness and creaminess on the nose. Still a lovely mineral character but here it is deeper and more spicy, less stony. Powerful, rich, magnificently full of flavour and texture, all intertwined. There's citrus but also riper fruit flavours, almost apricot but more sour than that. Super-fresh and yet rounded and full in the mouth, deep and very long.
17.5 pointsJulia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, 05/05/2021