Grape: 100% Assyrtiko
Alcohol percentage: 14% vol.
Unit Quantity: 750ml
Wine maker’s notes
Icon is our great Santorini. It is the authentic expression of the majestic terroir of Santorini. This great Assyrtiko, with the strong structure, the purity and density of the fruit, matures in a concrete oval tank for 9 months. Inside the tank an internal vortex happens, a continuous movement of fine lees, offering a natural batonnage. Icon is a wine that unfolds in every sip its volcanic origin, and floods the glass with the sea breeze that surrounds the island.
Viticulture: Self-rooted basket-shaped vines (kouloures), 60 years old
Winemaking: Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Stay on the fine wine lees for 9 months.
Maturation: 9 months in a cement egg-shaped tank
Tasting Notes: Dense fruit – nectarines, apricots, and lemon blossom – presence of sea breeze with remarkable salinity. On the palate, the wine has sharp acidity and minerality. Clean, strict, with a strong structure. The Icon has high complexity and a great salty aftertaste.
It all began in early 2000 when the winemaker Apostolos Mountrichas of Avantis Estate Winery in Evia, fell in love with Santorini and the strong personality of Assyrtiko.
In 2012 he returned back for the winemaking of the top indigenous variety in the incomparable volcanic terroir of Santorini.
His philosophy relies on wines with purity, primary varietal characteristics, and balance. Wines that reflect the connection to the Santorinian anhydrous land, the majesty of earth, the volcano, the sun, the sea breeze, the Cycladic air – the intense personality of this unique PDO land. High-quality wines sealed with the raw beauty of Santorini.
From April 2021, in the ninth year of its presence on the island, the Avantis Santorini Winery changes its name and appearance and evolves into Anhydrous.
The design of the new logo is a symbolic depiction of the vineyard and the unpredictable changing weather conditions that prevail on the island. The elements of nature alternate, contributing to the quality and complexity of the wines. Light – Water – Earth – Sun – Air – Fire – Sea, are presented in an image as a whole, with a design that refers to an old engraving, thus bridging the past with the future.
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