Artemis Karamolegos is one of the most dynamic wineries on the unique island of Santorini. Led by his grandfather, who started making wine and cultivating vines as a hobby in the 1950s, Artemis founded the winery in 2004. Local variety Assyrtiko, which has become the flag bearer for quality wine across the whole of Greece, is at the heart of the estate’s production. They own just over 3ha of vineyards (some over 100 years old) from many of the best villages to grow Assyrtiko - Pyrgos, Megalorchori, Exo Gonia, Akrotiri and Fira. Long term leases on another 5ha allows them to manage and work with an amazing range of aspects, altitudes and local varieties. Their hugely talented young winemaker Lefteris Anagnostou crafts a small range of cuvées ranging from single vineyard wines though to multi-site blends using modern and ancient techniques.
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Artemis Karamolegos Mystirio 2017
Source of grapes: Single centenarian vineyard of Assyrtiko located in one of the best terroir of Santorini, in Pyrgos.
Winemaking: Spontaneous fermentation by the wild yeasts of the grapes, skin fermented exactly like as the red winemaking. 14 days total maceration and after the finish of the fermentation the wine remains on total lees for 10 months. Natural winemaking without any addition, stabilization or filtration during the fermentation and maturation besides very low sulfites added before bottling. (total SO2 40mg/lt).
Description: Intense nose, special, revealing another aspect of Santorini’s character. Herbal notes like chamomile, peppermint and black tea and spices like cardamom and coriander are perceived first. Mineral notes and fruity hints of pear and bergamot, indicate directly its origin. Structured and generous mouthfeel with firm tannins balanced by the richness and the volume of the wine. Long aftertaste with salinity and a spicy finish. Ageing potential: We don’t know exactly yet due to the nature of the wine and the fact that it’s just the first vintage. Based on what we taste, we consider that under good storage conditions the wine can develop a unique character for the next 5 years. Serving and food pairing: Decanting is necessary for at least an hour, in order to breath and open up its complicated character. Can be served at 13-15oC in an big glass of Riesling type , highlighting a wide variety of dishes; particularly due to its orange nature and to the presence of soft tannins it is a match with fish, as good as with meat.