Hatzidakis Santorini Cyclades Mavrotragano is a red wine cask made by the Hatzidakis winery with the native variety Mavrotragano in the PGI Cyclades denomination, in the Greek archipelago of Santorini.
The Hatzidakis winery was founded in 1997 by Haridimos Hatzidakis and Constantina Chryssou, when she showed him the vineyards her family had abandoned after the last earthquake on the island in 1956 and Haridimos decided to recover them. Careful, perseverant work that has as a result produced complex and very mineral wines.
Hatzidakis Santorini Cyclades Mavrotragano comes from a recovered native variety of Santorini. Centennial vines combined with new vines which are planted in volcanic soils at an altitude ranging from 50 to 220 meters above sea level. A respectful agriculture with organic practices is practiced and the yield is limited to 15 hl/ha. The harvest is carried out manually when the grape reaches optimum ripening.
The selected grapes of Hatzidakis Santorini Cyclades Mavrotragano are chilled overnight in the cellar. Afterwards, the grape is de-stemmed and remains in contact with its skin for a week. After crushing, the must obtained ferments at a controlled temperature of 22-24ºC. Finally, the wine matures for 18 months in 500-liter French oak barrels and undergoes reductive aging in stainless steel tanks for 6 months. The wine is bottled without being filtered.
Made with a unique variety of which there’s only less than 2% on the whole island of Santorini, Hatzidakis Santorini Cyclades Mavrotragano is a Greek gem. A red wine of complex volcanic origin and with a high degree of minerality.