Cyclades White – Assyrtiko Sarakiniko
100% Assyrtiko, from a single vineyard located on the slopes called Sarakiniko. The soil is clay/limestone. Made of siderite stone, a mineral composed of iron carbonate, the subsoil gives the grapes a low pH along with great minerality. It highlights Assyrtiko’s austere and “wet stone” character. The vineyard is dry-farmed, and the grapes were hand-picked on August 6th. Pre-fermentation maceration and alcoholic fermentation at low temperature in stainless steel tanks for 10 days. Maturation on the fine lees for 8 weeks. Citrus aromas, well structured with crisp acidity on the palate and a bit of salinity on the bone-dry finish. 12.7 % alcohol. 6,000 bottles produced.
About the Producer
Though only a 1.5 hour high speed boat ride away from Santorini, the comparatively lush island of Paros is very different from the hardscrabble terroir of Santorini. Moraitis Winery can be found just up the road from the picturesque old fishing port of Naussa. Theodore Moraitis is an affable man whose great grandfather started this winery in 1910. Though grapes are grown on many parts of the island, his is one of only two wineries, the other being the coop. There are 1200 hectares of vineyards on the island. Theodore owns 35 hectares and is in the process of planting more. The total yearly production is 45,000 cases, including some cuvées he makes with grapes he purchases.
Farming/winemaking practices: the estate vineyards are certified organic. The wines are vegan.