A taste of Greece from Australia…

If you enjoy a crisp lager, dry Riesling, fresh  Chenin Blanc or even a good quality Prosecco (yes, it does exist), then you’ll be pretty likely to enjoy this tasty Aussie white wine made from the Greek grape, Assyrtiko (pronounce that ‘As-er-teek-o’).

I’m at a wine tasting on the Wellington waterfront of Jim Barry wines from the Clare Valley in Australia and this wine is awesome… 

It’s been a busy tasting day and this is my pick of the Aussies… 

2017 Jim Barry Clare Valley Assyrtiko $32

The Greek grape Assyrtiko originally comes from the hot volcanic island of Santorini, which is may seem like an unusual place to grow a white grape with high acidity – and that’s what makes this wine taste so fresh and refreshing. Australian winemaker Peter Barry tasted it on his travels around the world and liked it so much that he decided to import some vines to Aussie where he made his first vintage of Assyrtiko in the Clare Valley in 2014… It was a total experiment back then and in 2016 he made enough to sell and the rest is history. This wine is a ripple in the new wave of dry white, crisp, refreshing, lemon tasting wines. It’s a lovely lively light white – tasty and delicious.

Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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