Domaine Lyrarakis, established in 1966, is located in the mountainous commune of Alagni (440 metres above sea-level), south of the city of Heraklion, in Crete. The well-preserved 14th-century stone-presses in the fields around the winery are testament to the area’s long history of grape-growing and winemaking.
The winery is at the forefront of viticultural innovation, championing obscure local varieties such as the ancient white cultivars of Plyto, Dafni and Vidiano, that it rescued from extinction.
"Armi" is the word we use in the cretan dialect to define the top of a mountainside. The vineyard called “Armi” in our area faces the east and lies at an altitude of 500 meters. The medium fertility soil combined with the continuous influence of beneficial winds, compose a unique microclimate. In these special conditions, the Thrapsathiri variety can perfectly express the wealth of its aromas and taste. This wine can age well.
Bright yellow colour. Aromas of fresh citrus fruit are coupled with tobacco and liquorice notes from the aging in barrel. In the mouth, the flavour of nuts and cream are combined with a crispy texture and a persistent aftertaste of orange peel and quince.