A delicate aromatic character of fresh ozone followed by fresh lime, mineral and lemon zest flavours.
Idaia Winery is a boutique family-run winery situated in the Venerato, a charming village in the heart of the vineyards of the Malevizi district. Owned by husband and wife oenologists Vasilis Laderos and Calliope Volitaki, they specialise in producing wines from indigenous varieties and use their extensive knowledge, experience and passion to create these superb wines with strong personalities. Showcasing varietals such as Vidiano and Vilana, these crisp, dry mouth-watering whites are truly expressive of the terroir of Crete.
The vintage was generally quite a dry one, with little winter and summer rain. Spring was warm, bringing the growth cycle forward by 15 days. The weather during the summer growth period was average; however several rainstorms took place, demanding vigilance in the vineyard. The yields were reduced from the previous year by 25%, however the 2018 wines deliver wonderful aromatics, good phenolic maturity and balancing acidity.
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 in which the Vidiano variety thrives.
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 cold 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 to retain the characteristics of the Vidiano grape.
Delicate aromatic characters of ripe pear, stone fruits and melon, lead to a refreshing acidity which balances the rich and charming palate. With an impressively aromatic finish, this is the quintessential introduction to the Vidiano grape.