If you've been lucky enough to drink Assyrtiko from Santorini for a while, you'll know it's world-class wine. You may also have noticed that prices have finally started to rise. Fortunately, your everyday Assyrtiko needs can still be catered for - but you're going to have to look elsewhere. Lyrarakis on Crete are a brilliant winery with a focus on indigenous Greek varieties. Their rendition of Assyrtiko is broader and more approachable than some of the tightly-wound examples on Santorini, but it's no less drinkable for that.
|Region||Greece > Crete|
|Vineyard||From the Vóila vineyard in Sitia, eastern Crete at 580m above sea level.|
|Winemaking||Fermentation over 15 days in stainless steel tank, no oak.|
|Lifespan||An early-drinking style of Assyriko. Drink on release or cellar up to three years.|
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