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
100% Aidani. Tank fermented. Stony, mineral and bright with lovely intensity. Citrus, pear and mineral notes. Very fine. 91/100

Hatzidakis Santorini 2016 Santorini, Greece
Tank 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, Greece
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 (12/18)

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. 91/100

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

GREEK WINE

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Wines tasted 05/17

Article published December 2018

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