When it comes to white wine varieties that are either hard to pronounce or difficult to spell, we can thank the Spanish for Albariño, the Austrians (amongst others) for Grüner Veltliner, the Italians (mainly) for Gewürztraminer and now, the Greeks for Assyrtiko.
Peter Barry decided to bring this variety to Australia after trying it in Santorini in 2006. The cuttings arrived here in 2010 (I think) and had to sit in quarantine for 2 years before they could be given the go ahead. I’m very pleased they passed all the tests. They were planted in 2012 and the rest, as they say, is history (clichés, love ’em).
Very light in colour when it was poured but wait until you smell it. Terrific nose! Citrusy, floral and very inviting. Tasting it was just as good. Lemons, limes and a deft touch of spice are the highlights with this wine for me. There is some nice, gentle acid balanced out beautifully by a smidge of texture. Getting the pronunciation right and trying to spell it correctly may be difficult, but drinking it was not. I very much enjoyed this wine.
Region: Clare Valley, SA Price: $35 Source: Shared by a Generous Mate