96 points Decanter
"Classy example with a whispering presence and a crystalline fruitiness that recalls a warmer Chablis. The palate is meticulously textured and undeniably complex. An outstanding wine with a very long finish and cleansing aftertaste."
"From 2018 this comprises fruit all from old vines (120 years) – and all own vines. Unoaked. Bottled early April. It used to be called just Argyros Santorini Assyrtiko but now it is exclusively old vines so it is labelled Estate. Matthew Argyros thinks this is the best vintage so far though it is very young now. Less time on the lees than in the past with the aim of increasing the fruitiness.
Mineral smoky nose, bone dry, tight and crisp but with great power, more lime than lemon. Very young. Gently chewy, firm. Smells a little ‘volcanic’ in that smoky mineral character. Lots of fruit concentration and still quite primary. Great length and much more complexity to come. 17.5/20 points."
“The wine features a distinct wet stone minerality, accompanied by green fruit notes of apple and pear, along with flavors of lemon and some dried floral and herbal elements. The finish is medium length, featuring citrus and green fruit notes and a hint of bitterness on the end.”
Vinous Reverie Notes
Founded in 1903, the Argyros Estate is located on the island of Santorini, famed for its spiraling vines and white washed churches. In 1950, the Argyros vineyards were passed down to the founder’s son, who tripled the estate from 5 to 15 acres. Yiannis Argyros, the third-generation owner of the estate who took over in 1974, began looking beyond the local market for his wines. Today, Matthew Argyros, the fourth generation of family winemakers, continues his father's legacy by making legendary wines from Assyrtiko and other indigenous Santorinian varietals, using traditional techniques. The estate vineyards are located primarily in Episkopi and Pyrgos, which are prime locations for Assyrtiko. The ungrafted vines range in age from 30 to over 150 years, and are trained into basket-shaped bowls, a traditional technique called "kouloura". The inorganic soil of the island of Santorini is naturally immune to Phylloxera and many other vineyard pests, reducing the need for synthetic herbicides & pesticides. Estate Argyros practices sustainable viticulture, using composted grape must as fertilizer, and plowing the vineyards with mules. The grapes used for Estate Argyros Assyrtiko are harvested from the oldest parcels of the estate. Located in Episkopi, the average age of the vines is 150+ years old, with some vines over 3 centuries old. Yields are extremely low. The ungrafted vines are basket pruned, and dry farmed. Grapes are hand-picked in August. Tasting Notes: Assyrtiko is known for its relatively high natural acidity. This wine is true to character, with flavors of citrus, lemongrass and stone fruit. It is medium-bodied and elegant with great finesse. Food Pairing: Pair this Assyrtiko with fatty fish, oysters, poultry, pork and smoked cheeses.