Hatzidakis Santorini 2016
Wine region: Santorini
Grape variety: 100% Assyrtiko
Alcohol percentage: 13,5% vol
Unit Quantity: 750ml
Wine maker’s notes
Direct separation of must from grapes, clarification, and fermentation with indigenous yeasts at 18 °C. Stay with the Lees for 40 days. Maturation in stainless steel tanks.
Soft yellow color with golden shades and delicate aromas of citrus, white flowers, and minerality. Full and aromatic on the palate with an intensive mineral character.
Long aftertaste with a certain freshness coming from the crunching acidity of the wine, which is typical of the vineyards of Santorini. A versatile wine, matching seafood, oily fish e.g. salmon and shellfish, yellow cheese, chicken, pork and a variety of dishes, even tomato, and asparagus. Served at 12-14˚C.
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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.