This evening feels like the right evening to open a favourite white – a 2017 wild ferment Assyrtiko by Gaia:
At £26 a bottle, this is a rather extravagant weekday tipple for us, but hey! why not. The price of this wine has been steadily creeping up, a real shame – as it might put off people from buying it and experiencing a wonderful, well-crafted wine. Not sure when we will next buy it, in fact. This is our last bottle of 3.
Pale gold, the nose is a melange of peach, kerosene, honeysuckle citrus and herbs.
On the palate it is still incredibly fresh, but weighty; there is a pleasant interplay between citrus zestiness, floral notes (honeysuckle) and more savoury herbal notes. There is a kick of aniseed type flavour too (brings to mind Kümmel bread of childhood!). The honeyed notes, coupled with fresh citrus remind me a bit of an aged Marsanne. It’s a cliché, but each sip seems to reveal more nuances of flavour – tangerine, honey, acacia, caraway seeds, sour cream… The texture is wonderful – much more ‘chewy’ than a standard Assyrtiko, and it has incredible length. This is a well-made, interesting and rewarding wine! We did decant it for 30 minutes, which seems to help.
The other half is making monkfish baked in Tahini sauce, with Greek salad, which should match it nicely.