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.
Winery notes (2021 Vintage)
"Lifted white floral aromas and wet stone on the nose. The fruit weighted palate offers light floral, wet slate and citrus flavours with a mineral texture, and a classic lick of saline on the finish. Screaming summer drinking, the finish is clean and refreshingly long."
88/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, February 2022 (2021 Vintage)
"It’s a good drink and refreshing as can be, light and lithe, skittish with lemon sorbet acidity and gently chewy with talc-like minerally texture. Scents of lime, oyster shell, dried green apple, a faint perfume but pretty all the same. Flavours delicate, the wine tight, lean and simple in its make up of characters. Something a little tinny and a sense of some dilution? Perhaps too, but all the same, a nice little drink."