The wines of Hatzidakis
One of the leading
producers on Santorini, Greece
Sadly, Haridimos Hatzidakis died in 2017 at the age of 50, but the
winery he founded – which was instrumental in establishing the
reputation of Santorini wines, continues. Hatzidakis began making
wines from the vineyard owned by his wife's family in 1997, based in
Pyrgos Kallistis. It had been abandoned since the earthquake that
hit the island in 1956. He began recultivating it in 1996, and
initially made the wine in an underground cave on the property.
Currently, Hatzidakis source grapes from their own organically
farmed vineyards and also buy grapes from other farmers, from the
villages of Pyrgos Kallistis, Megalochori, Emporio and Akrotiri.
Soils are volcanic, and the vines are typically trained in a
basket-like fashion because of the strong winds.
Hatzidakis Aidani 2016 Cyclades, Greece
Aidani. Tank fermented. Stony, mineral and bright with lovely
intensity. Citrus, pear and mineral notes. Very fine. 91/100
Hatzidakis Santorini 2016 Santorini, Greece
fermented Assyrtiko. This is very linear and stony with lovely
bright citrus fruit. Pure and linear with intense mineral character.
Fresh, pure and lovely. 93/100
Hatzidakis Cuvée No 15 2015 Santorini, Greece
Organic Assyrtiko. There's a lovely nutty edge to the fruit. Citrus,
nuts and pears with nice freshness and lots of depth. Stony, nutty
and delicious. 93/100
Hatzidakis Assyrtiko de Mylos Vielles Vignes 2016 Santorini,
Very rich and bold textured with spice and apple,
and a vivid bite to it. Crisp and intense with lovely precision
allied to ripeness. Has a pithy, mineral edge. Such interest here:
superb stuff, with so much concentration and salinity. 95/100
Hatzidakis Nykteri Assyrtiko 2015 Santorini, Greece
Late harvested and aged for a year in oak. Detailed, spicy
and showing a slightly minty, savoury cedary edge to the stony
fruit. Linear and detailed. 91/100
Hatzidakis Nyxtepi Assyrtiko 2014 Santorini, Greece
A late-harvested Assyrtiko weighing in at 15% alcohol.
Overnight skin contact lends this a deep colour, and it’s oak aged
for 15 months, only partially topped. Intense, spicy and vivid with
some marmalade and citrus, as well as keen acidity. Rich and
powerful, yet with some freshness, spiciness and good acidity.
Hatzidakis Assyrtiko de Louros 2014 Santorini, Greece
Three years in barrel. 100-120 year old vines, harvested
late. Intense, vivid and spicy with powerful nutty, cedary notes and
some minerals and spice. 92/100
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