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Lyrarakis Wines "the stuff of legend"

Lyrarakis Wines "the stuff of legend"

by Will

In a feature for The Daily Telegraph, Victoria Moore explores the native varieties grown and vinified by the Lyrarakis family.

In addition to the excerpts below, the full article can be found here.

"According to Bart Lyrarakis of Domaine Lyrarakis, wine made from dafni was likely to have been drunk by the Minoans...

He continues: “Crete has been making wine for an extremely long time and is one of the few places in the world that has done so without stopping at all.”

...these unusual Cretan wines are very good to drink.

The whites in particular are bone dry, have refreshing acid and share a herbal, savoury personality. “They have to be to go with our food,” says Bart. “The cuisine of Crete is salty, it has no sweetness at all to it, it usually has herbs or tomatoes and we’re drinking the wine in a warm environment.” So perfect for summer.

The Lyrarakis dafni is grown about nine miles from Knossos. The wines really do seem bay-scented, they have a thickish feel, and also taste of lemon balm, citrus and galangal. It’s one to have with dinner: it would be great with fish cooked en papillote with fennel, bay or dill, or with Greek lemon potatoes.

Plyto is another white grape that the family has saved from oblivion: this one is prone to disease, so presented another bad risk for farmers. I particularly liked the Domaine Lyrarakis Plyto 2018: it’s more delicate and feels finer in the mouth than the dafni: think in aromatic terms of lemon peel, white grapefruit, white flowers and of the astringency and herbaceous qualities of dandelion and just a tiny whiff of aniseed, with a clover nectar and a faint eggshell sheen."

 

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