Wine region: Therasia
Grape: Assyrtiko, Aidani, Athiri
Alcohol percentage: 13.9% vol
Unit quantity: 750ml
Wine maker’s notes
“Nikteri” by Mikra Thira winery is our very own approach to the traditional white wine of Santorini.
Late picked grapes of three indigenous varieties – Assyrtiko, Aidani, and Athiri are co-fermented, following classic white vinification in stainless steel tanks. The fermentation continues and is completed in French oak barrels. The wine remains in the barrels for 4 months after the end of the fermentation. It is bottled and remains for aging in our cellar for at least one year.
Deep blond in color. The mineral backbone and concentration of Assyrtiko variety balance perfectly with the softness of Athiri variety and the floral-aromatic complexity of Aidani variety. The crushed volcanic soil and low rainfall lend themselves to a full-bodied, powerful saline-infused wine with a long finish and the ability to age for at least a decade. Served at 13°C.
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About Mikra Thira
Mikra Thira is the name of a new winery established by three well known Greek winemakers: Vangelis Gerovassiliou, Vassilis Tsaktsarlis, and Ioanna Vamvakouri.
It is the first winery to be built in Therasia, the small island that was a part of Santorini until the great volcanic eruption of 1600BC. The name Mikra Thira derives from a reference in literature during the 10th century BC in Therasia. The idea behind it was inspired by this island’s raw, natural beauty and its unique “terroir” that has the typical characteristics of Santorini and at the same time has its own unique character.
The aim of the three oenologists is to produce quality wines that express this distinctive microclimate. The first harvest took place in 2018 and the two wines of the estate were bottled under the Protected Designation of Origin Santorini: “SANTORINI”, a 100% Assyrtiko of Santorini grapes and “TERRASEA”, a different expression of the same variety with grapes which come exclusively from Therasia.