Gavalas Nykteri White 2015
White | PDO Santorini | Aegean Islands | 14% ABV | 750ml
Nikteri is the traditional white wine of Santorini, which is produced from extra matured Assyrtiko grapes. Its designation comes from its traditional wine-making, as in the past the harvest took place during the day and the stomping of the grapes during the night. It is characterized by high alcohol (more than 14%), high residual sugars and benefits from ageing in oak barrels. Its colour is gold and its nose reminiscent of pear and jasmine. It is full-bodied and it can be aged for at least 7-8 years. Perfectly paired with grilled and white meat, grilled squid, intense spicy flavours and fatty fish. Best served at 12-14oC.
Assyrtiko is by far Greece’s most renowned white grape variety, associated most famously with the volcanic island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea. Following its notable success, it is now grown successfully all over Greece and beyond in Clare Valley, Australia, South Africa and California, being the first Greek grape to become international. It has developed a reputation as being a versatile grape variety, producing wines in a multitude of styles, from fresh, mineral white wines to oaked, worth keeping ones and from bold complex reds to rıch matured dessert wines, such as Vinsanto.
Compact clusters of large, moderately thick-skinned berries, late budding and late ripening. Vigorous and productive, resistant to drought, disease and wind and capable of maintaining high acidity up to the final stages of the ripening period. In Santorini it is trained in the characteristic baskets, sitting close to the ground and named “kouloures” by the locals.