Drinking wine in Australia 4: So Jim Barry’s son, one of his sons, Peter, Peter and his wife go to Greece and drink some sensational white wine and then they go home and they decide to plant that varietal at the family vineyard in Australia and they do and a few years later they bottle their first vintage and here it is. Assyrtiko. Not sure I’ve ever drunk a bottle. The tricky part is, however, wine in Santorini can be plonk but the experience so divine you might think you’re drinking Burgundy. Was their venture just a passing interest? No. This is a breakthrough in terms of sipping and eating.
As an aside, it was not the most interesting wine we drank across four states and umpteen cities and vineyard treks. It was the second most interesting wine. The most interesting wine was from Mount Mary, the Middleton family’s vineyard in the Yarra valley; we had, at Cutler and Company, a few glasses of sensational Fume Blanc from Reflexion, their “down market” brand, which was profound with food. Moving. Sometimes wine stewards are pretentious and insensitive and at worst trendsetters but sometimes they understand the harmony of food and wine and score big time and that was our experience with the Mt. Mary.
That said, the Assyrtiko was definitely the second most interesting wine we drank. It marries the acid and citrus of the Mediterranean with floral aromas and hints of honey and peach and is aggressively interesting and unique and a breath of fresh air for white varietals. Again, not to get TOO repetitive, but the likelihood of finding this in BC, let alone Canada, is remote at best.
Price: A pricey $45 Australian, if you can find it, and it was hard to find (and even the clerk said to me “this is the first bottle I’ve sold”!).
Market Liquidity: The spirit of adventure rewarded.