Wine region: Santorini
Grape: 100% Assyrtiko
Alcohol percentage: 13,5% vol
Unit quantity: 750ml
Wine Maker’s Notes
Koutsoygiannopoulos is the name of the family that produces the wine. The winery was founded in 1870 by the brothers Grigoris and Dimitris Koutsoyannopoulos and is located in Vothonas. The vineyards are located in the Exo Gialos area of Fira (Aspra Homata).
Vineyard / Viticulture: Anhydrous, with the only source of water the low rainfall and high humidity, especially early in the morning.The average yield is low, about 3000 kilos per hectare but the quality of the production is excellent because of the concentration of all the solids parts existing in the berries (sugars, acids, aromatic compound, etc). The vines are particularly resistant to hot and dry conditions of the island, due to their rich and strong root system that penetrates the layers of volcanic soil (ash, lava, and pumice covering the limestone and shale rock subsurface origin during successive eruptions.) The vines are pruned with the traditional pruning technique, called ‘kouloura’, which is a form of pruning of a low basket in which grapes are protected, without being injured by the hard blows of sand entrained by the wind. The fine, sandy soil, poor in nutrients, with little clay content, protects the vineyards of Santorini from phylloxera that is why the vines are ungrafted. In addition, due to the low rainfall combined with the winds prevailing on the island, the various vine diseases do not significantly affect the vineyards of Santorini. The grapes come from the privately owned vineyards of the Koutsogiannopoulos family, located at an altitude of 50 meters and age οf 50-70 years.
Vinification: The harvest is manual. The grapes are collected in crates, never completely filled, to avoid broken berries. They immediately go to the facilities of our winery where they are placed in special cooling chambers, at a temperature of 10 ºC, in order to avoid any oxidation and to protect the aromatic potential of the Assyrtiko variety. This is followed by cold maceration of few days. Τhen, the must is vinified following the classic method of fermentation at 17oC into stainless steel tanks in our establishments. Bottling takes place in our specially designed areas of Koutsogiannopoulos winery.
Tasting Notes: Due to the cold maceration, the wine has a richer body, orange highlights, ripe fruit, honeycomb, and explosive minerality.
Food Pairing: An elegant match not only with white meats and seafood but also with red meats with light sauces. Best served at 12º-13ºC
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