The Barrel Santorini is 100% Assyrtiko (50 year old vines), an indigenous grape variety in Greece, fermented in French oak barrels for approximately 6 months using sur lies method. Annual production of only about 3,000 cases. Mark SquiresIt of The Wine Advocate: “Sigalas is one of Greece's finest white wine producers . . . As I've noted many times before and no doubt will again, Sigalas is a superb producer of oaked Assyrtikos, one of the best, if not the best. A lot of oak-a-phobes immediately react in horror at the thought of Assyrtiko in oak, but if anyone pulls this off - Sigalas does. The finesse here is remarkable. The wine handles its oak impeccably, everything integrating properly. The balance is remarkable . . . 91 points. Drink 2011-2022” One of the very best white wines from Greece, made from an indigenous grape type.
Floral on a citrus background, with excellent integration of oak and mineral. Beautiful balance, with good acidity and lengthy finish.
10-12℃, decanting 15 minutes optimal. Best matched with smoked/grilled oily fish such as salmon and cod, as well as white meats and smoked cheeses.