Nykteri is a very special style of wine that speaks to the traditions of wine production in Santorini. In Greek, Nykteri translates to “working the night away”, referencing when grapes were historically harvested to avoid the island’s hot sun. This style of wine must be produced with at least 75% Assyrtiko, with the remaining a mix of native grapes Athiri and Aidani. After vinification in stainless steel, the wine must be aged in oak for a minimum of three months. This style of wine shows a richer, bolder style of Assyrtiko and is typically the style enjoyed most by locals in Santorini. The 2018 vintage is a blend of 75% Assyrtiko, 15% Aidani and 10% Athiri. The reserve is a selection of the best barrels from 2018 that showcase more concentration, structure and acidity. This vintage has been perfectly-aged before release and is ready to enjoy now.
92 points, Mark Squires, Robert Parker Wine Advocate - "The 2018 Nykteri Reserve is an Assyrtiko with 10% Athiri and 5% Aidani blended in, all aged for nine months in an equal mixture of new and second use French barriques. It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. This Reserve is the same wine as the regular Nykteri that has been reviewed in the past, said the winery, but differentiated largely by longer oak treatment. The regular Nykteri is fermented in stainless steel tanks rather than oak and has only minimum barrel aging (three months). This handles its wood beautifully. It's ripe but balanced, with a textured finish. It tastes great too, without going too far. There is fine grip on the finish as well. This is very well done. It seems likely to age well too, hopefully better than indicated. As prices rise on Santorini, this is a very nice bargain. Sourced from very old vines (60 to 80 years), there were 3,500 bottles produced."