Hatzidakis "Aidani" Santorini 2019Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
DIRECT PRESS SELECTION | June, 2021
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Hatzidakis manages to make wines with elements of Muscadet and dry Riesling — two of my favorite categories. The mixture of semi-tropical, opulent fruit with salty minerals and bright acids is enough to get you on a travel site looking for the next flight to Santorini. Pure volcanic soils adds some pungent depth but it's mostly a lovely, lean wine with a phenomenal balance of mineral texture and spicy complexity. This wine, made from 100% Aidani, is a little more delicate than the Hatzidakis wines made from 100% Assyrtiko. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, with 6 months on the lees.
Hatzidakis was the only producer on this tourist-friendly island working organically for many years. They make some of the most impressive, age-worthy Greek whites around, and are exceeding expectations after the untimely passing of founder Haridimos Hatzidaki in 2017. His daughter Stella now leads an all-female team that is continuing his legacy. Stella also drew the artwork for the label when she was a child, and though she didn't intend to join the family winemaking business, she has been instrumental in leading the way forward after her father's passing. [Jonathan Kemp, May 2021]