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Nomas Assyrtiko, Karavitakis 2021
White Wine from Greece
A wonderfully affordable introduction to Greece's finest white grape, assyrtiko, showing the grape's character off in style at a keen price. Clean as a whistle with flavours of citrus, green apple and wet slate, with structured acidity, food-friendly grip and an appetising mineral, salty finish.
Price: £11.95 Bottle
Price: £71.50 Case of 6
- White Wine
- 1 - Bone dry
- Now to 2024
- 13.5% Alcohol
- no oak influence
The Karavitakis family have owned land and vineyard at Kolymbari near Chania for four generations and have been bottling their own wines for 20 years. They are part of a movement called Wines of Crete, including many other young independent growers, which has challenged the view of some of the older-generation that the old oxidative wines were best. Since 1998 the vineyards have been refurbished, a new winery built and equipped and new varieties planted, and everything is farmed sustainably without the use of chemicals.
As well as owning their own vineyards the family also obtain grapes from small estates with which they work closely, sending their own agriculturalist to assure themselves of the quality vineyard management and of the fruit. Nikos Karavitakis is the new generation making wine here and like his father he champions local varieties such as the white, apricot-scented vidiano and red kotsifali and mandilaria varieties. This attention to detail and the forward thinking go arm in arm with the traditional values of the family which means that we are likely to hear more of them.
Mail on Sunday
The assyrtiko grape is often referred to as Greece’s answer to Chablis. It’s grown on Greece’s islands and mainland, producing crisp white wines with notes of orchard fruit and citrus and a characteristic ...The assyrtiko grape is often referred to as Greece’s answer to Chablis. It’s grown on Greece’s islands and mainland, producing crisp white wines with notes of orchard fruit and citrus and a characteristic mineral finish. This bright, easy-drinking Cretan white is made by a progressive producer committed to sustainability. Extremely refreshing with flavours of lemon, jasmine flowers and nuances of seafoam, it’s ideal for fresh fish and seafood dishes doused in lemon. My choice would be a whole grilled seabass stuffed with mixed herbs and lemon and gently charred on the BBQ. I’d serve it with a simple ai?oli, little crispy roast potatoes and a tomato and green bean salad.