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The Society's Exhibition Santorini Assyrtiko 2021

2.600000000 star rating 5 Reviews
‘This was easy to choose as one of my seasonal picks. A Greek island is a dreamy summer thought wherever you are and whatever the weather, and Santorini wines are a wonderful means of transport to sunnier climes! Our Exhibition Santorini has the classic citrus, sea-breeze freshness and weight of assyrtiko at a snip of the cost. Partner with some fresh fish or salty anchovies with a slug of olive oil and be transported.’ Matthew Horsley, Buyer for Greece
Price: £17.50 Bottle
Price: £210.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: GR2671

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Assyrtiko
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2025
  • 13% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, natural

  • 100ml of this wine contains 77 kcal
  • The bottle contains 9.8 units of alcohol
  • A 125ml glass of this wine contains 96 kcal and 1.6 units of alcohol

The UK Chief Medical Officers recommend adults do not regularly drink more than 14 units per week. For information and support on responsible drinking please see www.drinkaware.co.uk. For more information about how calories in wine are measured, click here.

Artemis Karamolegos

Santorini is an arid but commandingly beautiful island with a history of vine cultivation and winemaking that is prehistoric. Its volcanic soils, an mix of basalt, granite, pumice, obsidian and ash laced with metals, silica and oxides, are a legacy of the volcano that famously exploded here in the 16th century BCE, thus creating the islands mesmerising caldera that draws cruiseliners like bees to a honey pot. It is on these often windswept soils that Artemis Karamolegos has established a modern, progressive winery that is earning plaudits worldwide for its delicious wines, perfect for sipping as you observe the famous Santorini sunsets!

Artemis learned at the side of his grandfather who began growing vines and making wines for his family’s personal enjoymentin 1952. Artemis took up the reins in 2004, investing in the winery and the vineyards, and making wines that he could label as PDO (protected designation of origin), the mark of the island’s best. Around the winery the three hectares of vineyards overlook the Aegean Sea, and Artemis also manages vineyards from other owners  while buying in some grapes from trusted growers.

His own vines are old, with some over 100 years of age, and farmed in the unique style of Santorini, looking like nothing so much as a crown of thorns (called ‘kouloura’) lying low to the ground in a shallow hollow. This unique style is formed to protect them from the wind and in a bid to retain whatever moisture they can....

Santorini is an arid but commandingly beautiful island with a history of vine cultivation and winemaking that is prehistoric. Its volcanic soils, an mix of basalt, granite, pumice, obsidian and ash laced with metals, silica and oxides, are a legacy of the volcano that famously exploded here in the 16th century BCE, thus creating the islands mesmerising caldera that draws cruiseliners like bees to a honey pot. It is on these often windswept soils that Artemis Karamolegos has established a modern, progressive winery that is earning plaudits worldwide for its delicious wines, perfect for sipping as you observe the famous Santorini sunsets!

Artemis learned at the side of his grandfather who began growing vines and making wines for his family’s personal enjoymentin 1952. Artemis took up the reins in 2004, investing in the winery and the vineyards, and making wines that he could label as PDO (protected designation of origin), the mark of the island’s best. Around the winery the three hectares of vineyards overlook the Aegean Sea, and Artemis also manages vineyards from other owners  while buying in some grapes from trusted growers.

His own vines are old, with some over 100 years of age, and farmed in the unique style of Santorini, looking like nothing so much as a crown of thorns (called ‘kouloura’) lying low to the ground in a shallow hollow. This unique style is formed to protect them from the wind and in a bid to retain whatever moisture they can. Native assyrtiko, aidani, athiri, mavrotragano, and mandilaria vines are grown, with an average age of 50 years, and conditions mean that yields are automatically low, a prerequisite for high-quality.

Harvesting begins in early August, prompted by the hot, dry conditions. The volcanic soils accentuate minerality, even salinity, in the fruit, and at the winery they are sorted to select only the best, healthiest grapes. Talented winemaker Lefteris Anagnostou employs a hands-off winemaking approach to produce a range of wines from native varieties that are pure and concentrated, reflecting the terroir beautifully. Visitors to the estate can enjoy tastings, cookery lessons and delicious food in the winery restaurant with its sea views.

We jumped at the chance of bottling an assyrtiko from Artemis’ winery under our Exhibition label.

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The Daily Telegraph

Made by Artemis Karamolegos from 50-year old vnes, this is an excellent assyrtiko.

Victoria Moore

The Daily Telegraph

Made by Artemis Karamolegos from 50-year old vnes, this is an excellent assyrtiko.

Victoria Moore

Decanter

Made for The Wine Society by Artemis Karamelegos, from vines averaging 50 years of age. It's 90% Assyrtiko, with a little Athiri and Aidani added in. Lovers of Santorini Assyrtiko will find the salinity,...
Made for The Wine Society by Artemis Karamelegos, from vines averaging 50 years of age. It's 90% Assyrtiko, with a little Athiri and Aidani added in. Lovers of Santorini Assyrtiko will find the salinity, structure and austere concentration that makes this style so successful, but it's super drinkable at the same time, with a weight of stone fruit on the nose and palate, zesty acidity and a persitant finish.
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Amy Wislocki

Delicious

The volcanic island of Santorini produces exquisite, premium dry whites from the assyrtiko grape. Here’s a beauty: whistle-clean with apricot and lime fruit and a salty dab on the finish. A star with...
The volcanic island of Santorini produces exquisite, premium dry whites from the assyrtiko grape. Here’s a beauty: whistle-clean with apricot and lime fruit and a salty dab on the finish. A star with seafood.
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Susy Atkins

Delicious Magazine

The volcanic island of Santorini produces exquisite, premium dry whites from the assyrtiko grape. Here's a beauty: whistle-clean with apricot and lime fruit and a salty dab on the finish. A star with...
The volcanic island of Santorini produces exquisite, premium dry whites from the assyrtiko grape. Here's a beauty: whistle-clean with apricot and lime fruit and a salty dab on the finish. A star with seafood.
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Susy Atkins

The Guardian Online

Pure, saline and thrilling, with a long, intense aftertaste. Drink with anything fishy– especially grilled squid.

Fiona Beckett

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