Domaine Sigalas 'Kavalieros' Single Vineyard Santorini PDO Assyrtiko, White

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A wine produced from more that 50 year-old vines. A complex Assyrtiko with a generous finish.

Region: PDO Santorini
Varieties: Assyrtiko 100%
Style: Dry White
ABV: 14%

Vinification techniques:Typical, white wine vinification techniques, in stainless steel tanks, under controlled temperature. The wine remains on its lees for 18 months, in the tank. The Assyrtiko grapes come from a high altitude vineyard, called Kavalieros, situated at the village of Imerovigli. It was the first attempt to vinificate Assyrtiko grapes from a single vineyard. The wine was bottled and released in the Market end of 2011.

Tasting characteristics: Bright, straw blonde colour, with golden hues Complex metallic nose, with intense aromas of citrus fruit (ripe lemon), accompanied by hints of herbs and citrus flowers. Rich body, refreshing acidity and long aftertaste, where minerality dominates. Vines exceeding 50 years and ageing potential over 7 years.

Food pairing: Salads, white meat and light sauces

Total Acidity: 6 g/L
Ph: 3
Residual Sugar: 2 g/L
Total SO2: 120 ppm

The Vineyard:
The viticultural region of the island has a size of approximately 1,400 hectares, starting at sea level and ascending in terraces up to the caldera, which has a height of 150 to 250 meters above sea level depending on the location. The vines are classified as old vines (since they were not destroyed during the Phylloxera epidemic), and are over 50 years in age. The rejuvenation of the vineyards employs the same technique from antiquity to the present day, that of "kataboladi". This is the technique in which in the place of the dead vine, a branch from an adjacent vine is planted in the soil (to an approximate depth of 30 cm)

The pruning techniques:
The soil of Santorini and the pruning technique of the vineyards make the grapes and the vineyards unique all over the world.The soil is sandy and is a mixture of volcanic ash and pumice. There are a number of pruning techniques employed; the “giristi” and “koulouri” or “klada”.The pruning technique is both ancient and unique. It was created taking into account the soil and climate conditions of the island, as well as the farming tools and techniques available at the time. The sandy soil, the fierce spring winds, the time of year when the vineyards grow and the scorching sun of the summer have led to the creation of this peculiar and unique type of pruning.

The winery:
The winery was initially located in the traditional canava of the Sigalas family. In 1998, a new production, bottling and ageing facility was constructed, located in a privately owned area. Since then, and after continuous investment in modernization and expansion of the facilities.