Lyrarakis Dafni 2011
This dry white wine is Protected Geographical Indication from Crete. It is composed of 100% Dafni wine grapes. The Dafni variety is one of the oldest and rarest Cretan varieties planted on the estate of the vine-grower Lyrarakis at Alagni a few years ago in order to save it from extinction. A characteristic of this variety is the wonderful original aromas found concentrated mainly in the skin of the grape. This variety owes its name to the plant of the same name (Daphne or Laurel) due to the similarity of their aromas. Regarding vinification, white vinification with the juice remaining for 8 to 10 hours along with the skins (skin contact method) in order for the best extraction of aromas to be accomplished. Fermentation was controlled at temperature of 18° C. The wine is a whitish and yellow in colour. It has long-lasting and intense aromas which clearly reveals the variety it originates from. It has a very rich and balanced flavour. Pairs with all sea food, a large variety of cheese and white meat. Best consumed at a temperature of: 12 - 13°C.
Editorial Reviews for Lyrarakis Dafni
A bit soapy, and stony, and slighty chemical smelling in a cherry, melon, banana peel and sweet gum sort of way. this smells faintly of balsam with a bit of bone meal thrown in for good measure. After having said all that, this does smell good. Low and broad on the palate with integrated acidity supporting unusual grapefruit, strawberry and chalky mineral flavors all wrapped up in a balsam and dried floral cast. Decidedly different and rather exciting. I’d like to pair this up with some tandoori chicken and see what it does for a living. 88pts