Updated: Dec 2, 2019
Atma Assyrtiko 2017
I am not a big fan of white wines, and probably I can count on one hand those that really thrill me. And this one is not certain one of those. It is a shame, because I usually enjoy Greek white wines and especially the Assyrtiko. Yiamas!
In the glass the lemon colour has a medium to pale intensity.
The aromas are quite austere, and you do actually need to swirl a couple of times before starting to smell something. I can find a hint, or probably an allusion, of blossom and lemon peel. It is instead more pronounced, but still quite airy, the fragrance of flint and wet stone.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 12.5%). On the palate we find all the aromas already evident to the nose. In addition to that, there is also the aroma of lemon zest. The intensity is medium with a medium to short finish. There is no evolution at all. The wine is quite flat.
The wine is balanced, the alcohol doesn’t burn and you can find a mild lemon. No trace of those stone fruits or ripe citrus aromas that generally characterize the Assyrtiko. I would not recommend buying this bottle. But if somebody of your stingy friend brings it at your place, I suggest drinking it along with some raw fish, at least the wine flavour won’t cover the meal and the high acidity of the wine will clean your palate.