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2013 Diamantakis Winery, Vidiano White, Greece
The Diamantakis family established their winery in 2007, but the family has a long history for growing table grapes. The vineyards are well-situated on a loamy, terraced location in a mountainous valley overlooking the Aegian Sea in the North East of Crete, and benefit from the cooling effect of the altitude & the sea breezes.
The 26-acres estate is run by the young viticulturist Zacharias Diamantakis who has been doing excellent work with indigenous (Malvasia, Mandilari) and international varieties (Syrah, Chardonnay).
His talent further extends to the region’s most striking, historic white grape variety, Vidiano, producing hand-crafted wines with wonderfully rich and expressive character likened to Viogner.
Indeed, with its exquisite floral aromas and spicy, full-bodied character, Vidiano’s popularity has soared domestically. This food-friendly, intensely flavoured wine has become an ideal calling card by which to discover the newly transformed face of the wine appellations in Crete.
The up-and-coming white wine grape variety of Vidiano is grown in small scale on the island of Crete, esp. around the area of Rethymnon. While there is still a limited vineyard acreage, producers agree on its tremendous quality potential and there is a drive to expand production & plantings to meet the increasing demand in Greece.
Vidiano grape is typically vinified on its own (rarely aged in oak), but it also lends itself well for blending with other indigenous white varieties, like Vilana. At its best, it yields wines of striking vibrancy with complex, well-knit layers of cleansing minerality, ripe peach and apricot notes, and fresh herbs, wrapped in a firm structure.
The style of Vidiano can be rich but never overripe or alcoholic. The true potential of the grape tends to unfold when planted in cooler high altitude vineyards .
It is a wine that develops its personality beautifully when paired with seafood pasta or charcoal grilled fishes. Although the true ageing ability of Vidiano is open to experimentation, producers believe that it has potential to age for at least five years.
There are four "appelation d'origine controlees" for wines produced in the prefecture of Heraclion, Crete:
- Peza Red- Blends of Kotsifali and Mandilari and matured in oak barrels.. The rules stipulate yields of less that 1000 Kg of wine per 1000 sq.m with a minimum sugar content of 188 grams/liter.
- Peza white. Based on the Vilana white wine variety with a maximum alcohol content of 11-12,5 vol.
- Archanes Red: Blends of Kotsifali and Mandilari
- Dafnes Red: these are dry or sweet wines produced from the red-skin Laitiko variety.
Other permitted varieties in the Heraclion region: Ladikino, Syrah and Carignane, Athiri, Tthrapsathiri, Sylvaner.
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