Clare Valley

2019 Assyrtiko

“I first tasted Assyrtiko in August 2006 while on holiday with my wife Sue on the Greek island of Santorini, 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 variety. 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.

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Our Assyrtiko cuttings were taken from a single 300-year-old, dormant and pre-phyloxera vine from the Argyros Estate, Santorini, that would, after a couple of years in quarantine, become two mother vines. These two mother Assyrtiko vines became 658 and in 2012, Lodge Hill was selected as the first site in Australia to be planted with the indigenous vines of Santorini. Subsequent plantings have since occured, taking our total plantings to over 6.5 hectares.

First released in 2016, our Assyrtiko has the distinct flavours and provides a true expression of terroir in a similar way to the family's site-specific Rieslings. While the soil and climate of the Clare Valley have imparted their own characteristics, it has remained true to the ideals of Santorini, producing a fresh, crisp, and dry wine with saline characters.

Just days before its inaugural release, the wine won the 2016 Australian Alternative Wine Show's 'Chief of Judge's Wine to Watch Award'.

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