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Producer: Idaia WineryGrape Varieties: Thraphsathiri 100%Optimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Well balanced dry whiteAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: CorkCountry: Greece
A bright, uplifting wine, with delicate fruit aromas which follow through to a well-balanced palate with a pleasantly crisp finish.
Idaia Winery is located in Venerato, a village in the heart of the vineyards of the Malevizi district, which is part of the Dafnes appellation area. Idaia is a family company, specialising in producing wines from indigenous grapes, which reflect a true sense of place. Oenologists Vasilis Laderos and Calliope Volitaki use their extensive knowledge, experience and passion to create these superb wines with strong personalities. We are delighted to include these wines in our portfolio, they are truly expressive of the terroir of Crete.
The indigenous variety of Thrapshathiri (pronounced Thra-psa-THEE-ree) is grown in the Dafnes region, in vineyards located at an altitude of 400 to 500 metres above sea level. The calcium-rich, clayish soil, the very low yielding vines and the distinctive microclimate, which is formed by the cool Aegean summer breeze, combine to create a unique terroir for viticulture and wine production.
The winemaking philosophy is to create wines which showcase the quality of the indigenous varieties. Following a thorough inspection at the winery, the grapes were preserved for 24 hours at very low temperatures. The grapes were de-stemmed, then a cryo-maceration took place for approximately six hours. The free-run juice was removed without having been pressed. After a cold settling, the wine was fermented with carefully selected yeasts which highlight the aromatic characters of this variety. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for 10 to 12 days at temperatures that did not exceed 16°C, maintaining the purity of fruit in the final wine.
The perfect accompaniment to salads, seafood and grilled fish dishes.
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