Lyrarakis Liastos 2017
Don't miss out on this delicious sun dried Cretan dessert wine
Lyrarakis Wines established by Manolis Lyrarakis and his brother Sotiris in 1966 are widely acclaimed to have spearheaded the modern Cretan wine industry. Championing the old Cretan varietals which had been all but wiped out by Phyloxera, which struck here in the 1970’s, like Dafni, sample of which have been found in Minoan wine vessels. The Lyrarakis winery is now in the hands of their offspring, with 15 hectares of vineyards on limestone/gravel in the mountainous region to the south of Heraklion also working closely with several growers to produce a fascinating range of wines.
Their stunning sun-dried dessert wine Liastros is not to be missed offering an intense nose of flowers apricots honey and citrus and a mouth filling palate of sweet peach, orange marmalade and vibrant citrus acidity, beautiful now but I’m sure it will keep well too.
Made from a multitude of Cretan Varietals, 37% Vilana, 25% Vidiano, 16% Dafni, 5% Thrapsathri, 55 Assyrtiko and 5% Plyto dried in the shade for 7 days then in the full sun for two days before pressing and a long fermentation then aged for 12 months in 225l oak barrels.
Crete has an unbroken history of winemaking going back around 5000 years – it is one of the few regions of the Mediterranean to continue making wine throughout the occupation by the Ottomans and Moors.
|Colour / Type||White|
|Bottle Size||375 ml|
|Maturity||Starting to drink now but will keep well|
|Style||Rich, Very long, Intensely sweet|