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Lyrarakis Liatiko Kedros Rose
Lyrarakis Estate
Greece - Crete

On the foothills of mt. Kedros, farmers have a tradition to keep a low bush vine format, in order to protect their fruit on shoots spreading over the soil, under a rich foliage. Protected from mt. Psiloritis’ winds, and the strong Cretan sunshine, on altitudes exceeding 800 meters, the Liatiko grape variety has been grown here for over a century. This rose is the rebirth of the grapes under a new face.  A wine with pale salmon color and a steely mouth, which is a  characteristic of the firmness of its origin. Fruity berry aromas are perfectly balanced with an astonishing sense of winter flowers. Beautifully balanced with a powerful liveliness in the mouthfeel, underlined by notes of minerality.

Specifications
Wine Type
Rosé
Varietal(s)
100% Liatiko
Age of vines
70 years on average
Agricultural Practices
Sustainable
Soil type
Loam
Vinification
The harvest took place in the first week of September. The grapes were slightly pressed at 10 o C . After a natural settling down of the free run juice, the must was fermented by yeast from a complete organic habitat (Bio Certificate). Only yeast derivatives were applied for the stability and natural fining of the wine.
Production
2,500 (9-liter cases)
Pairings

Perfect pairing for sea shells and grilled fatty fishes.

Reviews and News

2019 Lyrarakis Liatiko Kedros Rose - 90 PTS - WINE ANORAK

2019 Lyrarakis Liatiko Kedros Rose - 90 PTS - WINE ANORAK

wine anorak logo"This is really nice: it’s a pale coloured rosé with smoothly textured cherry and strawberry fruit with nice focus and depth. There are some gentle herby notes and some tangy, crystalline glace cherry hints. Supple and quite fine."

- Wine Anorak (November 2020), 90 pts

 

2019 Lyrarakis Liatiko Kedros Rose - 89 PTS - WA

2019 Lyrarakis Liatiko Kedros Rose - 89 PTS - WA

wa89"The 2019 Liatiko Rosé Kedros is nicely dry and comes in at 13.4% alcohol. It was sourced from ungrafted bush vines in the Kedros area on the foothills of Mt. Psiloritis at 800 to 900 meters in altitude. Beautifully structured, this has a fresh and lingering finish but also nice depth and a complex overlay from the dry Liatiko. This is a fine choice for a red wine substitute in the summer. It seems serious and well crafted. It can be drunk on its own, but it is easily able to hold up to foods. Of the white/pink offerings this issue, this might well be my favorite, with the possible exception of the Muscat. - Mark Squires"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #249, June 2020), 89 pts

 

Producer Information: Lyrarakis Estate

The Lyrarakis Estate is a family winery with a strong focus on rare local varieties and single variety wines.

When the company was founded in 1966, the dominant varieties included Vilana, ...
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