Ocean Thrapshathiri Crete, Idaia Winery 2018
16.5pts, Jancis Robinson
A glistening pale lemon-green, this has light aromas of preserved lemons, minerals, fresh foliage and seawater. A fresh palate with greengage fruit, citrus, good weight and lovely lemon acidity on the finish.
Idaia is a family company based in Crete, specialising in producing wines from indigenous grapes, which reflect a true sense of place. The Ocean is made using 100% Thrapshathiri, an indigenous variety, grown in vineyards located at an altitude of 400 to 500 metres above sea level in the Dafnes region. 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. Stylistically close to a Southern Italian Fiano but with its own unique oceanic flavours, less boozy and very drinkable. To be enjoyed while young and vibrant. 16.5pts, Jancis Robinson.