The red indigenous variety "liatiko" is mainly found in Crete and dates back to ancient times. It pr... read more.
The red indigenous variety "liatiko" is mainly found in Crete and dates back to ancient times. It probably owes its name to its early ripening, since it matures in July – the 7th (VII) month of the year. It offers dry wines, with a high alcoholic content and strong red colour, but also sweet, sun-dried wines with a rich aroma and full taste. "Iouliatiko" borrowed its name from the earlier appellation of this variety. Vinification: After "sun-drying" the grapes for approximately 10 days, white vinification is applied, and proceeds very slowly. Length and type of ageing: 3 years in barrels. Aeging potential: 6-8 years. Characteristics: Brilliant purple colour, with strong brown hues. Complex bouquet, which when stirred in the glass, reveals aromas of dried fruit, nuts, coffee and cocoa. Very good structure, rich greasy taste, balance with a strong ageing aroma and long-lasting aromatic aftertaste. Food pairing: It can be served as an aperitif, and as a prime accompaniment for fruit platters, cream cakes, ice cream, as well as blue cheeses, like gorgonzola, danablu etc. Served at 6 - 8 °C.