2018 Domaine Lyrarakis, Plyto, Crete, Greece

2018 Domaine Lyrarakis, Plyto, Crete, Greece

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2018 Domaine Lyrarakis, Plyto, Crete, Greece

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This indigenous variety was salvaged from extinction in the 1990s by Lyrarakis. Now grown in the spectacular 1.5-hectare Psarades vineyard, sitting at almost 500 metres’ altitude, this is the only 100% Plytó in commercial production. It offers aromas of white flowers, orchard fruit and wild herbs. Bright, zesty acidity couples with perfumed fruit on the palate. The finish is delicate and subtle with flecks of rosemary and lemon pith. This would pair perfectly with Calamari and lemon aïoli or crayfish. Ready to drink now. 
Daisy Gatt, Buying Assiatnt (spring 2019)
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Domaine Lyrarakis

Domaine Lyrarakis

Domaine Lyrarakis, established in 1966, is located in the mountainous commune of Alagni (440 metres above sea-level), south of the city of Heraklion, in   Crete. The well-preserved 14th-century stone-presses in the fields around the winery are testament to the area’s long history of grape-growing and winemaking.
 
The winery is at the forefront of viticultural innovation, championing obscure local varieties such as the ancient white cultivars of Plytó,  Dafniand  Vidiano, that it rescued from extinction.
 
The winery’s extensive portfolio consists of a range of monovarietal wines (VidianoPlytó, MandilariAssyrtiko, Vilana, Thrapsathiri, Kotsifali) – some from single, “premium” vineyard plots, as well as blends of indigenous and international varieties (such as Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot). Quality remains key and the style emphasises fruit precision, purity and supple texture – placing the wines firmly in the modern camp, yet without flamboyance or exaggeration.





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Crete

Crete

Crete is the steam engine of Greek wine production, with 50,000ha and one bottle out of every five in the country. The influence of co-operatives is still strong, in contrast to the mainland Greece, where boutique wineries and independent producers have already had a revolutionising presence over the past two decades.

Wine styles have evolved from the heady, rustic, alcoholic, slightly oxidative reds of the past, to fresh, clean, forward drinking red and whites, thanks to modern techniques in both the vineyard and the winery and the development of new plantings in higher, cooler altitudes.

Local Grape Varieties

A significant white in Crete is Vilana, mainly in the appellations of Peza and Sitia. At high altitudes, it can give refreshing, dry, peppery and floral whites.

Other niche, traditional varieties include the dry aromatic whites Plyto and Dafni, saved from extinction by the pioneering Lyrarakis winery.

Kotsifali, the signature red grape of Crete, can be aromatic and high in alcohol. Mandilaria makes the perfect blending partner enhancing tannins and colour. It is often married together with Kotsifali, the latter may be also vinified with Syrah.

Another local speciality (especially in the east region of Sitia) is the red Liatiko, similar to the Aglianico. It can be vinified into delicious, dry reds, but the most promising way forward is sweet wines from sun-dried grapes.

Malvasia di Candia represents both a grape variety and an ancient wine style from Crete with its heydays dating back to the Venetian occupation of the island. This variety gives wines with rich aromas, intense grape & floral flavours. Its comtemporaty incarnation comes with “Malvasia di Candia Aromatica” clone in Crete.
 

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Plyto

Plyto

Plytó is an ancient variety for white wine making grown in the Peza wine region of Crete, and that was brought back from extinction by the Lyrarakis Domaine

Low-yield farming and high vineyard elevation are two key factors in the renewed success of the grape.
Plyto is lively, with a zippy and mouth-watering mix of grapefruit and mineral notes.

Plyto is typically vinified on its own, but has also been used in a blend with other indigenous white grapes of Crete ( Dafni, Vinala and Vidiano) to produce a distinctive rendition of the ancient sweet wine of Crete, Malvasia.

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