Idaia Winery Vilana Dafnes 2016 from Crete
The Vilana Dafnes is a superb Cretan white wine that shows bold notes of lemon, green apple and pink grapefruit, this flinty wine is beautifully balanced and has a persistent, aromatic finish with notes of white pepper.
Producer Note - Idaia Winery is located in Venerato, a village in the heart of the vineyards of the Malevizi district, which is part of the Dafnes appellation area. Idaia is a family company, specialising in producing wines from indigenous grapes, which reflect a true sense of place. Oenologists Vasilis Laderos and Calliope Volitaki use their extensive knowledge, experience and passion to create these superb wines with strong personalities. We are delighted to include these wines in our portfolio, they are truly expressive of the terroir of Crete.
Vintage - The summer temperatures were cooled by the strong, dry north winds of the Aegean Sea, known as Aegean Meltemia. The grapes underwent a slow, gradual ripening period reaching good maturity levels at harvest time. 2016 was characterised as a great year for white wines, especially for the Vilana variety, which resulted grapes with balanced sugar and acidity levels and strong typical varietal characteristics.
Vineyard - The indigenous variety of Vilana (pronounced Vil-AH-nah) is grown in the Dafnes region, in vineyards located at an altitude of 400 to 500 metres above sea level. The combination of the calcium rich, clayish soil; the very low yielding vines and the distinctive microclimate, which is formed by the cool Aegean summer breeze, creates a unique terroir for viticulture and wine production.
Winemaking - The winemaking philosophy is to produce wines which showcase the quality of the indigenous varieties. Following a thorough inspection at the winery, the grapes were preserved for 24 hours at very low temperatures. The grapes were destemmed, then a cryomaceration took place for approximately six hours. The free run juice was removed without having been pressed. After a cold settling, the wine was fermented with carefully selected yeasts which highlight the aromatic characters of this variety. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for 10 to 12 days at temperatures that did not exceed 16°C, maintaining the purity of fruit in the final wine.
Tasting Note - Expressing typical Vilana characteristics of bold notes of lemon, green apple, pear and a delicate hint of jasmine. This complex wine is immaculately balanced and has a lingering, aromatic finish.
Serving Suggestion - A fresh and versatile wine which accompanies seafood dishes, summer salads and Mediterranean cuisine.
Grape Vilana 90%, Sauvignon Blanc 10%
Awards 16.5 Pts, Jancis Robinson, 2017
Winemaker: Vasilis Laderos Region: Crete Sub region: Dafnes Country: Greece
Dry/Sweet value: 1 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)
Residual Sugar: 1.7
Contains Sulphites: Yes