Gaia Clay Assyrtiko Orange Wine 2016

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Deep amber in colour, this richly textured, warming and aromatic orange wine delivers intense notes of candied tropical fruit and dried fruits, layered with vanilla and honeycomb nuances.

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RRP: £32.99 (save 11%)

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The ancient vineyard is situated on the beautiful island of Santorini, where the grapes come from extremely old, ungrafted vines with roots that date back over three centuries. The self-rooted, 70 to 80-year old vines are trained in the traditional Santorini bush vine method, are very low yielding, producing concentrated juice. The soil is calcareous; a porous soil formed by volcanic activity, mainly consisting of pumice and is therefore extremely poor in nutrients. Organic matter, including Phylloxera, does not survive in the soil, hence the ancient roots of the vines date back to the Pre-phylloxera era. The climate is typically Aegean, with mild winters and relatively cool summers. Good rainfall in winter, typically hot days from late June to early July and night-time humidity in July and August all contribute to producing high quality fruit. The combination of low yields, with the distinctive soil and the old vine Assyrtiko variety, which naturally produces wines with high alcohol and high acidity, results in exuberant wines with a strong personality.

This wine was vinified in modern clay pots, the successor to the traditional amphora. The grapes were macerated on their skins with the fermenting must for seven days, producing a rich golden-orange coloured must. Maceration, fermentation, which took place spontaneously with indigenous yeasts, and ageing all took place in modern clay spheres. Following a minimal intervention philosophy, the wine was vinified without additions and not under temperature controlled conditions. When fermentation was complete, it was aged for four years on its lees, without bâtonnage, in the same clay spheres in which it was fermented. The wine was bottled without fining.

 
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RRP £32.99
Vintage 2016
Alcoholic strength 13.5%
Country Greece
Region Aegean Islands
Subregion Santorini
Grapes Assyrtiko 100%
Dry/Sweet value 1
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic No
Biodynamic No
Closure Nomacorc
 
Gaia Wines

One of the pioneers of the modern Greek wine revolution Gaia Estate was established in 1994 by Greek winemakers Leon Karatsalos and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos. Operating two different wineries they make cutting edge wines in both Nemea and Santorini. Gaia's main aim is to present the potential of the indigenous Greek grape varieties to wine enthusiasts worldwide.

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