Domaine Lyararakis - Liatiko Aggelis 2017

Domaine Lyararakis

Liatiko Aggelis 2017

Crete, Greece

This nectar is a 100% Liatiko, an old red Greek wine grape variety characterized by a pale red colour, a moderate acidity and rich in aromas and sugars. It matures in July. It comes from Aggelis vineyard, planted in the 1930s on the eastern side of Crete. No irrigation is used for the vines. The bunches are fermented in open 9 year old oak barrels without any king of temperature control for fermentation, no fining and no cold treatment. Yiamas!


Appearance

In the glass the wine has a noble garnet colour. The intensity is pale.


Nose

The aromas intensity is medium. There is a pleasant fragrance of violet, a touch of red cherry, a sharper sour cherry and the perfume of thyme. The tertiaries remember the dried cranberry, but also charming dried flowers. There are also virile notes of earth, tobacco.


Palate

In the mouth, the wine is dry with a medium high level of acidity and tannins. The alcohol is high (14.5%) giving a nice heath wave. The flavour intensity is pronounced, but it does not last long. The aromatic bouquet is focused mostly on bitter notes of sour cherry and preserved in alcohol fruit. Also on the palate, we find notes of tobacco, earth, but also charred wood and dark chocolate.


Conclusion

Despite it has one of the ugliest and saddest label I have ever seen, I was quite curious to taste this nectar produced as naturally as possible. It has the colour of the noble wine and an elegant aromatic palette. The drawbacks are its being a bit shy at the nose, and not delighting our tasting buds for longer. It’s a shame!


Final vote: 88

Price: £17.95 at bbr.com

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