2019 Jim Barry Assyrtiko, Clare Valley
Lifted citrus blossom and lemon aromatics are accompanied by notes of honeydew melon and spice. This Assyrtiko shows great flavour concentration and a full texture, with a flinty streak of minerality. Lively and crisp with an endless finish.
Region: Clare Valley, South Australia
”I first tasted Assyrtiko in 2006 while on holiday with my wife Sue in the Greek islands, birthplace of the Assyrtiko grape variety. The crisp acidic qualities reminded me of our Clare Valley Rieslings and yet it was a flavour I had not experienced before.
Intrigued with this newfound variety, I began the process of importing cuttings into Australia through quarantine. In August 2012 we planted Australia’s first Assyrtiko at our Lodge Hill Vineyard, a special and unique site treasured by my family and suited to this winery.
Our Assyrtiko journey has been facinating and has enabled us to produce a wine which, I believe, is a true expression of the variety. I hope you find the flavour as interesting as I did in 2006.” - Peter Barry, Second Generation Family Winemaker.
Santorini Assyrtiko, which has been protected by PDO status since 1971, has developed something of a cult following among wine enthusiasts due to its intense mineral flavour, high acidity and complex aromatics. Many of the island’s vines are ungrafted and unaffected by phylloxera, which is unable to survive in the volcanic soils of the island, and the average age of vines is around 60-70 years old. Growing on layers of lava, sand and pumice stone that retain moistures, the vines are not irrigated, and the arid climate and exposure to strong winds increases the stress on the grapes, giving greater intensity.
It is the first time the white grape variety, which is indigenous to the Aegean island of Santorini where it grows on volcanic soils, has been grown in Australia, following a lengthy process of importation and quarantine of the cuttings.