Lyrarakis Malvasia of Crete Naturally sweet wine from sun-dried grapes
Malvasia of Crete is an exceptional quality sweet wine, which dominated for over 3 centuries the markets of the East and West during the Venetian rule of the Mediterranean (13th to 17th century). The Lyrarakis family, trying to revive the tradition, has vinificated a wine which is believed to be very close to the authentic Malvasia using native varieties of Crete. The family's belief is that the original Malvasia was a sweet wine resulting from a multi-varietal blend rather than a single variety. We have left the grapes of the varieties Plyto, Dafni, Vidiano and Vilana to dry in the sun for 9 days. The solid juice results in a natural sweet wine with exceptional density of aromas and taste, which ages for one year in new oak barrels.
Decanter World Wine Awards, 2012, UK
Gold medal & Regional Trophy (Best Greek Sweet wine) !
International Wine and Spirits Competition, 2012, UK