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Lyrarakis Thrapsathiri Armi


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.

“The 14% alcohol may be off putting, but this new listing is entirely in balance and would be a good alternative to a white Rioja. This native Cretan grape variety (Thrapsathiri) produces a rich, nutty, oxidised style of white wine, with fresh but relatively soft acidity, round, ripe stone fruit and lemon citrus notes, and a good length. It’s been through barrel fermentation and a short ageing period in the same barrels, with batonnage. A good food wine for those occasions where you need a fuller-bodied white.” – 90 Points, Decanter Magazine

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