I have had this wine for a while; it was one that I bought in 2016 after a tasting of Greek wines at our awesome local wine shop.
For those of you who don’t know Greek grape varietals, like I didn’t, Lyrarakis is the winery, Assyrtiko is the grape. The grapes were grown in Crete, and harvested in 2015. I was excited to try it, since I had never tried the Assyrtiko grape.
I couldn’t find much online about this wine; it seems that the winery started making the wine under a different label after 2015. I have no idea if they are using the same vineyards either. Than means you get my impressions exclusively. Aren’t you lucky!
The wine is a very golden amber color, more golden than a lot of the white wines I drink. On the nose, it smelled very floral, so much so that I wondered if I would like it, although clearly I had enjoyed it enough at the tasting to buy it. It has been a couple of years though and wines change over time!
On the palate, it has a very syrupy mouthfeel, a much heavier white than I am used to. It has a sweet flavor of lychee and passion fruit. So delicious!
I would pair it with something a little spicy, like Thai food. You’ll notice that I did pair it with my Spam Museum stemless wine glass, that I picked up on my road trip!
This was a very nice wine. I don’t remember how much I paid for it, but I think it was about $20. I would certainly buy it again!