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Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila
Lyrarakis Estate
Greece - Crete

The Lyrarakis family learned the quality potential of East Crete during the 1970's. Originally on the "Voila" plain and subsequently in the extended surroundings, they discovered exceptional vineyards where the great grape variety Assyrtiko thrives.

Bright platinum color. Pure floral aromas with ginger spices and delicate notes of ripe citrus. Marvelously ripe grapes have given this wine a crispy and rich mouthfeel with a mineral and chalky character.

Specifications
Wine Type
White
Varietal(s)
100% Assyrtiko
Certifications
European Vegetarian Union
Soil type
Loam
Vinification
Hand harvested. Skin contact at 12 degrees C for 16 hours. Fermented in a stainless steel tank, slow fermentation (15+ days). Aged on the lees a few months.
Acidity: 7 g/L / pH: 3.2 / RS: 3.43 g/L
Pairings

All seafood, grilled fish, as well as white meat cooked with lemon.

Reviews and News

2019 Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila - 89 PTS - WA

2019 Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila - 89 PTS - WA

wa89"The 2019 Assyrtiko Vóila (not the French word!) is unoaked, dry and comes in at 13.4% alcohol. This is sourced from the Vóila area in Sitia (eastern Crete) with vines at approximately 600 meters in altitude. This area is different than Santorini, says the winery, with a slower ripening time. The vines were originally brought from Santorini, though, in the early 1990s, typically ungrafted. This was previously marketed as just "Assyrtiko."

Showing fine depth—and adding a layer of depth to the fresher whites like the Vidiano this issue—this is nicely crafted. It's bright, moderately gripping on the finish and has adequate stuffing in the mid-palate. It is actually a bit tight today, but by mid-to-late summer, it will open more. At the moment, the structure is in control, giving it a slightly sharp edge. The fruit already shows signs of becoming more expressive, though, in its dry and serious fashion. It should hold pretty well for a few years thereafter, perhaps more than anticipated. - Mark Squires"

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

 

2018 Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila - 91 PTS - W&S

2018 Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila - 91 PTS - W&S

wine and spirits logo 250"This comes from a parcel of bush vines growing in the higher altitudes of eastern Crete. It’s a meaty white, powerful in its stony savor, with a peppery spice from alcohol. Broad and muscular, it could use a few more months (or perhaps years) in the cellar to mellow, or a decant and a roasted game fish to match."

- Wine & Spirits Magazine (October 2019), 91 pts

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2018 Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila - 89 PTS - BRONZE MEDAL - DECANTER

2018 Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila - 89 PTS - BRONZE MEDAL - DECANTER

decanter bronze 2019"Citrus blossom with hints of chalk. Saline depth and minerality, with a very long finish."

- 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards, 89 pts - BRONZE MEDAL

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2017 Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila - GREAT VALUE - WP

2017 Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila - GREAT VALUE - WP

wplogo"When I sip this crisp, refreshing wine, its ripe flavors of peach, quince and wild herbs transport me to the Greek islands, basking in sunlight that drew Icarus higher on the cool Mediterranean breeze . . . oh wait, that’s my tasting note for a York Peppermint Pattie. ABV: 13.5 percent. - Dave McIntyre"

- Washington Post (August 2019), GREAT VALUE - EXCELLENT

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2017 Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila - 91 PTS - W&S

2017 Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila - 91 PTS - W&S

wine and spirits logo 250"From the eastern end of Crete, nearly 2,000 feet above the Mediterranean, this assyrtiko grows in loamy soils. It’s stony, waxy and broad in its lemon flavors, with grippy acidity and sea-spray minerality. It feels young and punchy, wanting rich seafood to match."

- Wine & Spirits Magazine (August 2018), 91 pts

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2017 Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila - 91 PTS - DECANTER

2017 Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila - 91 PTS - DECANTER

decanter logo 250"Tart, juicy citrus and apples with a long, sappy, chalky mouthfeel."

- Decanter (December 2018), 91 pts

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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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