Bright yellow colour. Aromas of laurel and rosemary with notes of citrus flower and fruit, typical for this variety. Elegant and long lasting, with vibrant acidity and an intense aromatic aftertaste.
Food matches: fried fish, seafood, white meat, legumes and pies with greens and aromatic herbs.
Winemaking. Skin-contact for 8 hours. 10% of the juice comes from early vintage grapes which are fermented separately in order to balance the acidity and enhance the herbal character. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tank between 17-19°C and then the final blend matured on lees for a period of 4,5 months, gaining depth of flavour.
The Dafní grape variety was saved from extinction by the Lyrarakis family, when it was planted in the “Psarades” family vineyard at 480m. altitude in central Crete in the early '90s.
Its name derives from the laurel (bay leaf) plant, which is called “Dáfni” in Greek, as the wine produced resembles these aromas. A wine with a distinctive herbal character, refreshing mouthfeel and intense aromatic aﬅertaste, in a citrus fruit background.
Technical Data: Alcohol: 12.5% Acidity: 6.15 g/lt PH: 3.16 Res. Sugar: 1.59 g/lt
Vineyard: Psarades vineyard, Alagni, central Crete
Soil: clay - loam
Aspect: slightly northeastern
Vines: cordon trained, spur pruned
Irrigation: not irrigated
Yield: 9 Tn/Ha
The Lyrarakis Estate is a family winery since 1966 with a strong focus on rare local varieties and producing single variety wines. Alagni, central Crete, Greece.