Idaia Winery, Dafnes, Crete, Vidiano 2017

Idaia Winery, Dafnes, Crete, Vidiano 2017


A delicate aromatic character of fresh ozone followed by fresh lime, mineral and lemon zest flavours.

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Country - Greece

Region - Crete

Grape Varieties - Vidiano 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13%

Bottle - 75cl

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.

The weather patterns in August and September presented excellent conditions for the vines. The northerly winds combined with temperatures of 32°C during the day and 19°C at night, which created an optimum environment for the berries to concentrate the flavours, while retaining balancing acidity. The grapes have wonderful aromatic potential and the wines of 2017 are showing great varietal typicity.

The indigenous variety of Vidiano (pronounced Vid-ee-an-O) is grown in the Dafnes subregion of Heraklion, in a vineyard located in a semi mountainous area at an altitude of 400 to 500 metres above sea level. The calcium-rich, clayish soil, the very low yielding vines and the distinctive microclimate, which is formed by the cool Aegean summer breeze, combine to create a unique terroir for viticulture and wine production.

The winemaking philosophy is to create 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 and then cryo-maceration took place for approximately six hours. The free-run juice was removed without pressing. 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 a controlled temperature of 15°C followed by three months in French oak barrels.

Delicate aromatic characters of ripe pear, melon and a hint of banana, lead to a refreshing acidity which balances the rich and charming palate. With an impressively aromatic aftertaste, this is the quintessential introduction to the Vidiano grape. Ideal with Mediterranean cuisine, seafood dishes, light cheeses and fruit desserts.