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WINE REVIEW: The Wine Society's Exhibition range - Santorini Assyrtiko 2020

REVIEW: The Wine Society's Exhibition range - Santorini Assyrtiko 2020

Santorini is famed for its Assyrtiko grape varietal, having been trained in basket format to avoid the extensive high winds on the islands. They are trained like that which prevents them from picking up too much minerality in the wine (albeit wet slate is evident) and lie on the volcanic soils of the island.

This was pale lemon in colour, clear and quick legs - likely a sign of the high acidity. On the nose, lemongrass, lime leaf, white pear and chamomile with white blossom.

On the palate similar tones, albeit there was distinctive green apple. The acidity is high, clearly a youthful wine which is not going to be something you are going to lock away and store for any length of time, this is best drunk immediately and no rationale to age in bottle.

The vibrancy was there but I was if anything a little underwhelmed in truth. I do like the Wine Society's Exhibition range but I was hoping more from this one - the nose probably the highlight, the finish a little short in truth, would say medium- in line with body although lime peel certainly comes through towards the end which is light and refreshing.

Grape Variety: Assyrtiko, white grape

Food Pairing: Given we are venturing into Greek white wines here, I would suggest some salty inclusions like taramosalata, feta and other salty cheeses.

Avg Price: £15 a bottle

TDWG Overall Rating: 85/100

Not a bad wine by any means, in fact it has highly pleasant and enjoyable and great if you had some of that Greek sun too!

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