Assyrtiko is the white grape variety native to Santorini in Greece. It was on vacation here that Peter Barry discovered the variety and thought it may suit his vineyards back in the Clare Valley. On returning home and making enquiries he found that there was no Assyrtiko growing there, so he set about importing and establishing rootstock. Made as a fresh, dry white. Maybe think a softly textured dry Riesling. Flavours of lemon blossom, honeydew melon with a lovely mineral purity. Intriguingly different and very good.
94/100 James Halliday's Wine Companion (2018 Vintage)
"Garrique bush and flowers bouquet; the vines have grown another dimension, as has the flavour intensity, which is almost shocking – sour lemon, fresh-cut herbs, red apple."
91/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, November 2018 (2018 Vintage)
"Sea spray (or samphire), lemon, subtle sort of lavender and thyme thing happening here, maybe. It’s light, crunchy and vivacious, tang and ‘classic dry white’ thing happening, powdery texture and a zippy lemon finish. Very nice. Easy to slot away."
Reviews for the 2017 vintage below…
Joelle Thomson, May 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"This wine is awesome… The Greek grape Assyrtiko originally comes from the hot volcanic island of Santorini, which is may seem like an unusual place to grow a white grape with high acidity – and that’s what makes this wine taste so fresh and refreshing. Australian winemaker Peter Barry tasted it on his travels around the world and liked it so much that he decided to import some vines to Aussie where he made his first vintage of Assyrtiko in the Clare Valley in 2014… It was a total experiment back then and in 2016 he made enough to sell and the rest is history. This wine is a ripple in the new wave of dry white, crisp, refreshing, lemon tasting wines. It’s a lovely lively light white – tasty and delicious."