Hatzidakis Santorini Nikteri 2016
Wine region: Santorini / Villages of Pyrgos and Megalochori
Grape variety: 100% Assyrtiko
Alcohol percentage: 15 %vol
Unit Quantity: 750ml
Wine maker’s notes
White Vinification type. Over matured handpicked grapes were placed in a cold room overnight. Then destemmed grapes remained in skin contact for 12 hours. The must is fermented with indigenous yeasts at 18˚C. The wine is matured in oak barrels of different capacity for 12 months. Unfiltered Bottling. Grapes are harvested in the second half of August.
Yellow golden colour. Aromas of ripe stone fruits and lemon. Vibrant and full-bodied on the palate with a mineral aftertaste. Served at 12-14 ˚C, with shellfish dishes, meats in white sauce, as well as mature full fat cheese.
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About Hatzidakis Winery
Hatzidakis winery was founded in 1997 by Haridimos Hatzidakis and Constantina Chryssou.
In 1996, Constantina showed to Haridimos the vineyard of her family. This vineyard is located at the village of Pyrgos Kallistis, on the way to the monastery of “Profiti Ilias-Santorini”. It is situated 330 meters above sea level. The vineyard was abandoned for many years, as Constantina’s parents, George&Aikaterini Chrisou had left the island because of the earthquake in 1956 and had moved to Athens as many locals did at that time. Until 1996, the vineyard remained uncultivated. Haridimos was the first who took the decision to re-cultivate the vineyard and the rest is history. The vineyard was cultivated with Aidani which is an organic grape variety.
When Constantina and Haridimos visited the vineyard, Haridimos spotted a cave at the end of it. “Over here, we can create a “Kanavaki”, he said. “Kanaves” is the local name for wineries. Thus, a small underground Winery started to shape which was built with patience, persistence, enthusiasm, passion, with “meraki” as we say in Greek and hard work. And the dream came true!
In 1998, the first bottles of wine, vintage of 1997, were released from that new Winery. “Santorini” wine, vintage 1997, from the white grape variety Assyrtiko and “Mavrotragano” wine, vintage 1997, from the Mavrotragano grape variety of Santorini were the first two wines to be produced.
Today, Hatzidakis Winery cultivates 100 acres of vineyards and most of them are organic.