Vinsanto is a wine produced in Santorini that dates back thousands of years and is aligned with the history of winemaking on the island. It is an incredibly important, traditional wine to all producers in Santorini and a style that each one makes. Vinsanto is a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) and must contain at least 51% Assyrtiko. This bottling of Vinsanto is a special cuvée from multiple vintages from 2005-2007 that are aged separately in old oak barrels and then blended right before bottling. It is a blend of 85% Assyrtiko and 15% Aidani. The source vineyards are from the villages of Pyrgos and Thirasia with vines ranging from 20-60 years in age.
After harvest, the grapes are dried in the sun for 8 days to concentrate the flavors, creating that classic Vinsanto style and flavor. The wine is then barrel-fermented in old French oak barriques for 40 days before further aging in wood for at least 8 years. Bottled in 2015, the wine has been gently aging in our cellars for the past 6 years. Vinsanto is a wine that has fantastic aging potential and can develop additional complexity for decades with proper cellaring.
Winemaker’s notes – “Deep brown in color with a complex detailed nose that presents burnt brown sugar, molasses and bitter chocolate followed by dried apricot, orange rind and marmalade over a layer of baking spices like clove, vanilla and cinnamon with just a touch of smoke and crème brulee. In the mouth the flavors are intense while the viscous texture coats the palate with gobs of dried fruit offset by ripe acids that cut through the sweetness, while a saline almost savory flavor throws up a new profile that lingers before departure that leaves behind a dry sensation. This will only get better with further ageing if you can resist its allure. Drink now to 2050+”