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Papagiannakos Assyrtiko 2022

Papagiannakos Assyrtiko 2022

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With a history that traces back to the year 1919, Papagiannakos Winery stands as a testament to the unwavering commitment of a family dedicated to producing exceptional wines that truly capture the essence of Greece's native grape varietals. This esteemed winery, owned and operated by the Papagiannakos family, seamlessly blends the wisdom passed down through generations with contemporary winemaking techniques, resulting in wines that beautifully showcase the unique terroir of the region. Nestled upon the sun-drenched hillsides of Attica, the winery's vineyards benefit from the harmonious balance created by the influence of the nearby sea and the region's continental climate. It is within this extraordinary microclimate combined with the rocky and mineral-rich soils that grapes of exceptional quality and character flourish. The native grape varietals, such as Savatiano, Malagouzia and Agiorgitiko, find their true potential in this environment, allowing the winery to present the incredible diversity and richness of Greek viticulture. At Papagiannakos Winery, utmost importance is placed on the pursuit of quality. Every aspect of the winemaking journey, from tending to the vineyards to the precise process of bottling, is executed with meticulous attention to detail and a deep respect for sustainable practices. Under the guidance of Vassilis Papagiannakos, the winery's winemaker, the combination of traditional methods and innovative techniques creates a seamless harmony between timeless elegance and modernity, evident in every bottle produced. From the crisp and vibrant white wines that tantalize the senses to the rich and velvety reds that leave a lasting impression, each offering from Papagiannakos Winery is a testament to their unwavering dedication to excellence. Whether indulging in the mineral-driven Savatiano, experiencing the exquisitely aromatic Malagouzia, or savoring the robust and complex Agiorgitiko, every sip encapsulates the true essence of Greek winemaking. Papagiannakos Winery invites you to embark on a journey filled with flavors and aromas that will transport you to the heart of Attica's vineyards, preserving the legacy of this sacred land and the devotion that has been poured into every drop of their distinguished wines.

Assyrtiko is an exceptional white grape variety that thrives in hot and arid climatic conditions, maintaining a remarkable balance between high alcohol content and crisp acidity. Characterized by its emphasis on texture, extract, body and structure, Assyrtiko stands out as a varietal that highlights these qualities rather than relying solely on its aromatic profile. Originating from Santorini, Assyrtiko is responsible for producing the renowned PDO Santorini (ΠΟΠ Σαντορίνη) whites, which are known for their lean, mineral-driven and highly concentrated character. While primarily associated with Santorini, Assyrtiko has successfully been cultivated in various Greek wine regions, spanning from the Aegean Islands to Macedonia, Central Greece and even down to the Peloponnese. Outside of Santorini, Assyrtiko maintains its characteristic crispness and mineral expressions while also revealing a higher level of primary fruit aromas and a lighter, less dense structure.

The Papagiannakos Assyrtiko 2022 is a delightful expression of this Greek varietal, showcasing the pure essence of 100% Assyrtiko grapes. With its well-balanced profile and refreshing minerality, this wine captivates the senses and offers a truly enjoyable drinking experience. Sourced from the vineyards of North-East Attica, this wine benefits from the unique terroir of the region. The non-irrigated vines thrive in limestone soils, while the vineyards' altitude of 100 meters adds complexity to the grapes. With a combination of north-facing and south-facing vines, this wine has the opportunity to capture the distinct characteristics of the region. Harvested at the end of August, the grapes are carefully selected to ensure optimal ripeness while retaining their vibrant acidity. The delicate process of vinification begins with skin contact, allowing the juice to extract the grapes' full potential. Following this, fermentation takes place in stainless-steel tanks under controlled temperatures of 16-18 degrees Celsius, preserving the wine's freshness and purity. After fermentation, the Papagiannakos Assyrtiko 2022 undergoes maturation in the bottle for a year, allowing it to develop further complexity and depth. This patient aging process enhances the wine's character, resulting in a harmonious blend of flavors and aromas. When it comes to food pairings, this wine shines alongside fish and white meat dishes. Its vibrant acidity and refreshing minerality provide the perfect complement to seafood's delicate flavors, while its versatility makes it suitable for various white meat preparations. Additionally, this wine can be enjoyed alongside fresh, crisp salads, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to the dining experience. With its Protected Geographical Indication from Attica, this wine is a testament to the region's dedication to producing exceptional wines that truly capture the essence of Greek winemaking. The Papagiannakos Assyrtiko 2022 is a well-crafted wine that embodies the unique characteristics of its terroir. Its well-balanced mouthfeel, refreshing minerality, and remarkable aging potential make it a delightful choice for wine enthusiasts seeking a taste of Greece's wine heritage.

With a light straw-yellow colour and an elusive nose of dried flowers, pepper and citrus blossom, the wine is light and crisp, dry and soft at the same moment, with good intensity and persistence. There’s a touch of finesse to it, helped along by the moderate (for assyrtiko) alcohol. The balance is completed by a subtle trace of phenolic grip. A beautifully made modern dry white. - Huon Hooke, The Real Review, 95 Points

The Finer Details
Style - White Wine
Varietal - Assyrtiko
Country - Greece
Region - Attica
Vintage - 2022
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 13%

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