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 Nykteri 2016
Source of grapes: Grapes are sourced from old vines that may reach 100 years of age from plots situated in Megalochori and Pyrgos at an altitude up to 400 m. Harvest under high ripeness, inspired by the tradition, enhancing the structure and the aroma compounds.
Winemaking: Only the free-run juice is received from the press and after the settling, the juice is lead into the barrels to start the fermentation. Barrels of large volume, light or medium toast with a small percentage of new barrel compose the profile of the oak that we use. Regularly lees stirring are realized during the fermentation and the maturation. Total maturation for 16 months. The bottles are released on the market after 1,5 years from the harvest in order to bring out the complexity and the special character that Assyrtiko provides during its evolution.
Description: Intense aromas combining dry nuts with matured yellow fruits, honey, quince and a sophisticated minerality. Rich and oily on the palate with intense character, Nykteri is a pure ‘dynamite’ with concentrated body and a perfect balance among the electric acidity, the high ripeness and the long salty aftertaste.