Hatzidakis Aidani, 2012 – Golden White Wine Ideal with Fish and Salty Nibbles

Founded in 1997 by Haridimos and Konstantina Hatzidakis, the Hatzidakis Winery sits in the village of Pyrgos Kallistis, and produces wines that capture the spirit of the Santorini island. The vineyards have been family owned for many years, but after an earthquake forced the family to leave the island, seasons of extensive re-planting were needed to reinvigorate the old vines. A nearby cave was repurposed into a winery, and Haridimos and Konstantina have been making wine ever since, starting with the production of Vinsanto and Mavrotragano, and then branching out into other varietals.

This 100% Aidani selection is produced from organic grapes, and is matured for 6 months in stainless steel tanks. The winemaker chose to bottle it unfiltered, using only a small amount of sulphur to deter spoilage. As a result, it pours a very rich golden hue. Vibrant aromas of exotic fruits (pineapple, lychee) and citrus bounce from the glass, and are followed by an expressive, bold palate with bright fruit, soft vanilla butter notes, and a lingering finish.

Aidani is a varietal that is often blended with Assyrtiko in Santorini wines to add another layer of flavor, so it was interesting to taste it on its own and explore its abundant, vivid character. Pair this with creamy fish dishes, or compliment the caramel undertones in the wine with salt-intensive nibbles.