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Lyrarakis Dafni Psarades
Lyrarakis Estate
Greece - Crete

The Dafní grape variety was saved from extinction by the Lyrarakis family, when it was planted in the “Psarades” family vineyard at 480 meter altitude in central Crete in the early '90s.
Its name derives from the laurel (bay leaf) plant, which is called “Dáfni” in Greek, as the wine produced resembles these aromas. A wine of bright yellow color with a distinctive herbal character of laurel and rosemary with citrus fruit aromas, a refreshing mouthfeel and an intense aromatic aſtertaste.

Specifications
Wine Type
White
Varietal(s)
100% Dafni
Age of vines
30 years
Soil type
Clay loam
Vinification
Skin-contact for 10 hours. 5% of the juice comes from early vintage grapes which are fermented separately in a prolonged maceration on skins in order to balance the acidity and enhance the herbal character. Fermentation took place in a stainless steel tank between 17-19 °C and then the final blend matured on lees for a period of 4 months, gaining depth of flavor.
Production
2,000 (9-liter cases)
Pairings

Salads with aromatic herbs, sea food, asparagus, white meat and if you can find them, Cretan pies!

Reviews and News

2019 Lyrarakis Dafni Psarades - 89 PTS - WA

2019 Lyrarakis Dafni Psarades - 89 PTS - WA

wa89"The 2019 Dafni Psarades is unoaked, nicely dry and comes in at 13.1% alcohol. The new labeling reflects the vineyard here. I'm told it's the same wine as before. That makes it a typically pungent Dafni with nuances of resin and herbs. (In the past, I discussed rosemary and green eucalyptus as well.) You'll like it or you won't. Aromatic and distinctive, this spicy white can be drunk on its own. With a difficult food pairing, though, you might find it provides a solution in the same way Gewürztraminer does in France. It has only average depth, but the crisp, lively finish is invigorating. The personality is not my personal choice, but this is certainly very nice this year in terms of structure and craftsmanship. Whether you like it or not will depend simply on personal taste. I found it rather invigorating this year and gravitated to it a bit more than I usually do. At a fairly nice price, it's well worth a try. - Mark Squires"

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

 

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