RKS 2023 Wine: Greek Assyrtiko from the Peloponnese

It is thought by many the top of the Greek Assyrtiko pyramid is the island of Santorini. But the price of Santorini Assyrtiko is beyond the budget of many.

So we scale down the pyramid to an Assyrtiko from the Peloponnese.

Aroma: Citrus, guava with a tiny streak of pineapple.  

Palate: Lemon, lemon curd and some jalapeno pepper. Zesty acidity translates for me into wine meant more for food than sipping. At 13.5% there is a burn to the finish.

Food pairing: Crustacean Ravioli with chickpea consommé with Portobello and pennywort ragout. Also grilled sea bass with a lemon, olive oil and oregano sauce.

Cellarbility: Drink in 2023.

Personality: Acidic, dry and not a particularly friendly wine unless seafood is at hand.

Price: $17.95 (Ontario).

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 83/100.

(Zacharias 2021 Assyrtiko, PGI Peloponnese, Zacharias Winery, Peloponnese, Greece, 13.5%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 588814).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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