Peter Barry first tasted Assyrtiko in August 2006 while on holiday with his wife Sue on the Greek island of Santorini, birthplace of the Assyrtiko grape variety. The crisp, acidic qualities reminded him of their Clare Valley Rieslings but it was a flavour he had not tasted before and was intrigued with this newfound variety.
Barry began the process of importing cuttings into Australia and in August 2012 planted Australia’s first Assyrtiko at their Lodge Hill Vineyard. Barry says "our Assyrtiko journey has been fascinating and has enabled us to produce a wine which, I believe, is a true expression of the variety. I hope you find the flavours as interesting as I did in 2006.” Peter Barry, Third Generation Family Winemaker.
Grape Variety: 100% Assytriko
Region: Clare Valley, Australia
Appearance: Clear, palest straw colour in the glass.
On the nose: This wine opens with citrus rind, lemon blossom and a lick of wet slate on the nose.
On the palate: This wine has a sense of purpose in its line. Clean mineral, white floral and nice texture through the mid and back with classic saline edge to finish.
Finish: Screaming summer drinking, the finish is clean and refreshingly long.
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