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Lyrarakis Dafni 2011

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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.

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Lyrarakis Wines:
Brought up in this environment, in 1966 the founders of the company decided to become professionally involved with the production of wine. The founding of the company was accompanied by planting some of the best local wine varieties, namely the white Vilana, and the reds Kotsifali and Mandilaria. The winery is situated in one of the most noteworthy vineyard regions of Crete, namely at Alagni,... Read more
Brought up in this environment, in 1966 the founders of the company decided to become professionally involved with the production of wine. The founding of the company was accompanied by planting some of the best local wine varieties, namely the white Vilana, and the reds Kotsifali and Mandilaria. The winery is situated in one of the most noteworthy vineyard regions of Crete, namely at Alagni, Heraklion, the most mountainous village of the appellation area (AOC) of PEZA. The company only started bottling wines under the Lyrarakis family brand in the early nineties. The first vintage of Lyrarakis was 1992, until then all the production was sold in bulk to major wineries of Greece or abroad. Today, the company is managed by the second generation. The family vineyard comprises of 14 hectares of gravel soil on limestone and is situated on an average altitude of 550 meters. Since the late eighties special attention is paid to rare Cretan varieties. In particular the white varieties “Dafni” and “Plyto” that have been saved from extinction constitute a source of pride for the vine-grower Manolis Lyrarakis. Vilana, White Muscat and Sauvignon Blanc complement the range of white varieties. As far as the red varieties are concerned, the local Kotsifali, Mandilari, and Black Muscat are complemented by the foreign varieties Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The family and technical team puts a lot of effort into experimenting with smaller batches of other native varieties, in the hope to be able to offer you new exciting wines soon. The company is recognized as the leading quality producer on the island, focusing on the use of native varieties - some blends also use foreign varieties. The family is credited for reviving the two ancient local white varieties, Dafni and Plyto, which are part of the company’s range of wines called “The Treasures of Crete”. The latest pride in our “Treasures of Crete” range of wines is the oaked red wine from 100% Mandilari, the red variety that was never vinificated by itself on Crete. Lyrarakis is also credited for being the first winery of Crete to blend the native Kotsifali variety with Syrah, in order to create an unusually exciting red blend, back in the late nineties. Lyrarakis wines have won numerous international awards and are exported in most of the European countries and abroad (USA & CANADA). The winery is located at the northern side of the community of Alagni, almost in the middle of the small plateau. The construction of the new bottling facility finished in 2004. After that, the family also finished the first phase of the renovation of the visitable cellar, where the oak barrels are stored and bottle aging takes place. The cellar can now welcome visitors on a regular basis. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Lyrarakis Dafni

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,726
3.50 5
06/30/2013

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


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,726
4.40 5
06/30/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: luca chevalier
5336612,535
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 09/06/2011

Serius Wine from an Ancient Type of Grape not so intense to Nose, but explosive in Mouth, Salty, Fruity Spicy Flowery..



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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.

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