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Gaia - Thalassitis Assyrtiko 2012

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Information

  • Country: Greece
  • Wine Maker: Yiannis Paraskevopoulos
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2015
JR: 17.5 (2009) WS: 88 (2010) WE: 88 (2008)

Wine tasting notes

In Antiquity, mixing wine with sea (“Thalassa” in Greek) water was a very well known practice applied to give therapeutic virtues to wine. The wines resulting from this process were called “Thalassitis Oenos” (sea-originated wine). Without mixing, obviously, our wine with seawater, we strongly believe that the proximity of Santorini’s vineyard to the Aegean Sea is one of the most important factors forming the special character of our Thalassitis. Thalassitis is produced from Santorini’s indigenous white grape variety, Assyrtiko. Perhaps, it is the only variety in the Mediterranean that manages to combine full maturity of grapes with considerably high acidity, despite the specific climatic conditions of the Island. This fact is an essential factor for accomplishing flavour balance in dry white wines. This is a bone-dry wine with strong character: full-bodied, well-structured with crisp acidity, distinctive minerality and delicate honeysuckle aromas.

Winery Information

Gaia

Gaia Wines (Santorini) began production in 1994 with 9,800 bottles of Thalassitis white wine, which quickly became established in Greece and abroad as an example of unique Santorini wines. Today, Gaia operates two wineries: one in Koutsi, Nemea, which is the heart of the company, and one in Exo Gonia, Santorini. Gaia?s goal has been and still remains today to expand and highlight the quality characteristics of the native Greek grape varieties and to achieve their recognition in international.. read more

Expert Reviews

Jancis Robinson (2009)17.5 pts

Tasted Apr 2010 -  'Thalassitis means 'of the sea'. 95% Assyrtiko, 5% Athiri and Aïdani. Incredibly low pH of 2.92. 50% undergoes a cold soak. Fine mineral and citrus nose. Very delicate but also fragrant. Fine chalky texture, tight and so fresh and clean and bright. Elegant. Fine grip, lively and more aromatic than some years. More salty than the Wild Ferment Assyrtiko and far more striking'. (JH) Drink now- 2013

Wine Spectator (2010)88 pts

Issue Sept 30 2011 - Very crisp and pure-tasting, with concentrated mineral and marzipan flavors. Vibrant elements of glazed citrus chime in on the finish. Assyrtiko. Drink now through 2015. 10,000 cases made. –KM

Wine Enthusiast (2008)88 pts

Wine Enthusiast 88pts (2008) - "Citrus, tropical fruit and a crisp minerally burst give this dry white a unique flair. Overall, the wine is clean and light—a great cohort to grilled fish or Mediterranean cuisine. Classic and elegant with a terroir-driven edge."  — S.K.  (4/1/2010)

Vinification Notes

All the Assyrtiko grapes selected for THALASSITIS originates exclusively from our vineyards in Episkopi, Akrotiri and Pyrgos regions. The vines are almost 80 years old and have a particularly low-yield that never exceeds 25 hl/ha.