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Lyrarakis - Kotsifali 2018


  • Country: Greece
  • Wine Region: Southern Greece
  • Wine Maker: Manolis Lyrarakis
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Kotsifali
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Food Matching

Food Matching

Enjoy it together with dishes of the mediterranean cuisine, baked meat and spicy cheeses.

Duty/Vat Paid
JR: 16.5 (2016) WE: 92 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

The red grape variety Kotsifali is indisputably a classic of the vineyard of Crete. Spices and red fruits with an elegant mouthfeel and a piquant aftertaste are the characteristics of the wine which is produced from vineyards situated at 500m. altitude. Clear ruby colour with light shades of garnet. Intense and persistent aroma with notes of red fruits with an elegant mouthfeel and a piquant aftertaste are the characteristics of the wine. Dry on the palate, warm, lightly tannic but very harmonious.

Winery Information


in 1966 the founders of the company decided to become professionally involved with the production of wine. The founding of the company was accompanied by planting some of the best local wine varieties, namely the white Vilana, and the reds Kotsifali and Mandilaria. The winery is situated in one of the most noteworthy vineyard regions of Crete, namely at Alagni, Heraklion, the most mountainous village of the appellation area (AOC) of PEZA. The company only started bottling wines under the.. read more

Expert Reviews (2016)16.5 pts

Mid crimson. Lifted, dusty, almost earthy, red-cherry fruit even though it smells youthful and vibrant. Really scented on the nose and palate with juicy, fresh and zesty dark-red fruit snd a touch of wild herbs, of the dry landscape Firm, lightly chalky tannins, plenty of acidity but all in great balance for a thirst-quenching and original red. Some might find it a little too tannic on its own at this stage but the fruit sings and I'd happily drink it with a snack or supper. (JH)

Wine Enthusiast (2014)92 pts

A luscious nose of chocolate-covered cherries and black pepper start this delicious Kostifali from one of Crete's wine champions. On the palate, ample flavors of black cherry, cocoa and soft spices give the wine equal parts heft and finesse. This wine has more aging life in it but is excellent now.

Vinification Notes

hand harvested. Fermentation with maceration on the skins for 10 days, to extract the polyphenols with delastage. Temperature controlled fermentation between 24C and 27C. Inoculation with selected yeasts.