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).