This lovely and aromatic, crisp and refreshing white wine from the island of Crete can be paired with so many seafood and shellfish dishes, but also with LAMB!
This was all the rage last year when we discovered the Lyrakis Dafni after it was won recognition in Jancis Robinson’s Purple Page’s hospitality wine pairing writing contest.
Dafni is Greek for “laurel”, and this is one of the primary scents in the wine’s very compelling aroma profile. The varietal Dafni was near extinction when Bart Lyarakis and family nurtured old vines back to health in the Psarades Vineyard. Love the fresh vibrancy and saline minerality on the lengthy finish.
Dry farmed on clay loam at about 1500 feet with a slightly northeastern exposure. Skin-contact for 8 hours. 10% of the juice comes from early vintage picked grapes which are fermented separately in order to balance the acidity and enhance the herbal character. Fermentation is all stainless-steel tank at controlled cool temps. The final blend is rested on the lees for 4-5 months before bottling.
Bright yellow color. Aromas of herbs such as rosemary, basil and laurel with citrus flowers and stone fruits. Elegant and lengthy finish cleansing acid finish ….. underlying saline minerality. 12.5% alcohol – 3.16 pH