Wine Guide

Lyrarakis Kotsifali Red


Domaine Lyrarakis was founded in 1966 in the Cretan village of Alagni. Situated south of the city of Heraklion, this family owned winery has played a pivotal role in saving the islands indigenous varieties from obsolescence. If not for Manolis Lyrarakis and his brother Sotiris, grapes such as Plytó, Dafni, and Vidiano, would have likely been forever lost. In fact, they were the first to ever produce a single varietal Plytó for commercial sale. Today only 6 hectares are planted to this variety on Crete. So small was their winery, that up until 1992 their entire production was sold in bulk. Today the winery is managed by Sotiris’ son Bart, who produces wines from both local and international varieties.

Although made from an obscure variety, there is something recognizably “Mediterranean” about this wine. Displaying a bright cherry red colour, the nose radiates sunny aromas of black fruits and snappy spices. The medium bodied palate is fruity with round tannins and soft acidity. Despite its reputation for producing wines high in alcohol, this particular Kotsifali is a measured 13%. The finish is soft and peppery. Ready to drink now, or to hold for a few years, this wine will happily marry with meaty plates.

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