Hatzidakis Skitali Barrel 2018
Wine region: Santorini
Grape: 100% Assyrtiko
Alcohol percentage: 14% vol
Unit quantity: 1500ml
Wine maker’s notes
White Vinification. Handpicked grapes were placed in a cold room overnight. Direct pressing of the grapes followed by fermentation under controlled temperature 17–18˚C with indigenous yeasts. The wine matured on lies for 12 months in stainless steel tanks and directly after 12 months in French oak barrels. It was bottled unfiltered. Name of vineyards location: Santorini/ Villages of Pyrgos, Megalochori. Age of vines: 40 – 80 years
Yellow color with intense golden shades. Aromas of white flowers and citrus fruits combined with honey aromas. Muscular character on the palette with vibrant acidity. Shows length in the finish with loads of minerality. Served with: Deep-sea fishes, meats as chicken and pork, could be great with creamy cheeses too. Better served at 14-16˚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.