Argyros Estate has been making wine on Santorini since 1904, and today they own around 26ha of vines, many of them exceeding 100 years of age. Elsewhere on the planet wines from these old vines would go for 4-5 times the price, but the great Assyrtiko wines of Santorini are only just being discovered by a hot and thirsty world.
The Estate blend is the top wine and made from vines that may have been planted up to 500 years ago. The average age is at least 150 years. Assyrtiko on Santorini is incredibly mineral and fresh, with thirst slaking acidity and all the tones of a lemon grove, glazed in lemon zest and drizzled in lemon oil. The volcanic soils and low fertility deliver a salty, refreshing mineral depth to the wine. This is brilliant stuff. Great for summer, or for dreaming of summer holidays in much sunnier, warmer places.