Lyrarakis was established in 1966 by two brothers, Manolis and Sotiris Lyrarakis. But it wasn’t until 1992 that they first bottled their own wine using the Lyrarakis name. They are based in the Peza appellation, in the village of Alagni, close to Heraklion. For the last 12 years the second generation of the family have been running things, and this is now one of the most progressive wineries on the island. They fill that important wine space: they are making interesting, characterful wines; they package them well and are commercially savvy; and they are also affordable.
The grape “Melissaki” (small bee in English), once endangered, was planted by the family Lyrarakis in 2010 in the family vineyard “gerodeti” in the mountainous region of Alagni in Central Crete. This single varietal wine offers an intense bouquet on aromas of aromatic herbs (lemon balm, citrus fruit). On the palate, the attack is lively, balanced and elegant with a nice crunchy acidity. The finish surprises with its length.
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