Santorini Assyrtiko Koutsoyannopoulos PDO Santorini
The wine Assyrtiko Koutsogiannopoulos perfectly expresses the typicity of a PDO Santorini wine. It is a fresh dry wine, 100% from the Assyrtiko variety of Santorini.
Climate: Dry, with limited rainfall during winter and spring. Moderate temperatures during winter. Warm to moderate temperatures during summer, usually without periods of extreme heat due to cooling northern winds. Humidity levels range from 60 to 80%, offering a breath of coolness to the vines
Vineyard / Viticulture: Anhydrous, with the only source of water the low rainfall and high humidity, especially early in the morning.The average yield is low, about 3000 kilos per hectare but the quality of the production is excellent because of the concentration of all the solids parts existing in the berries (sugars, acids, aromatic compound, etc). Particularly resistant to hot and dry conditions of the island, the vines have a rich and strong root system that penetrates the layers of volcanic soil (ash, lava, pumice and rust covering the limestone and shale rock subsurface origin during successive eruptions.) The vines are pruned with the traditional pruning technique, the 'kouloura', which is a form of pruning of a low basket in which grapes are protected, without injuring the production, from the hard blows of sand entrained by the wind. The fine, sandy soil, poor in nutrients, with little clay content, protects the vineyards of Santorini from phylloxera, that’s why the vines are ungrafted. In addition, due to the low rainfall combined with the winds prevailing on the island, the vineyards of Santorini are not significantly affected by the various vine diseases. The grapes come from the privately owned vineyards of the Koutsoyannopoulos family, located at the Εastern part of the island at an altitude of 15 meters and above and over 50 years old vines.
Vinification: The harvest is manual. The grapes are collected in crates, never completely filled, to avoid broken berries. They immediately go to the facilities of our winery where they are placed in special cooling chambers, at a temperature of 10 ºC, in order to avoid any oxidation and to protect the aromatic potential of the Assyrtiko variety. Then, in the pressing machine is taken only the free run juice, with natural flow, without any mechanical pressure but only by the weight of the grapes. In this way, the bitter and astringent substances of the stemps are avoided. The alcoholic fermentation takes place in the stainless steel tanks, under controlled temperature at 17ºC in the facilities of our winery. Bottling takes place in our specially designed areas of Koutsoyannopoulos winery.
Harvest: beginning- mid of August.
Tasting Notes: Fresh aromas of citrus and white flowers. The characteristic Santorini’s minerality combined with crisp acidity are expressed. Full bodied, with excellent structure, refreshing mouthfeel and a long lasting aftertaste. It evolves beautifully over time, highlighting its absolute volcanic character.
Aging potential: more than 10 years.
Food Pairing: An elegant match with a range of first courses and salads as well as entrees of fish, seafood, cheese, green salads as well as meats with white sauces.