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Kompsos Liatiko, Karavitakis 2022
Nikos Karavitakis has worked hard on getting even more out of the pale liatiko grape, and we think this is his best yet. Deeper in colour than previous and with less oak this is a far richer, fruiter style showcasing the grapes plummy and cherry fruit beautifully alongside fine tannins and fresh acidity.
Price: £10.95 Bottle
Price: £65.50 Case of 6
- Red Wine
- Now to 2025
- 13% Alcohol
- oak used but not v. noticeable
- Cork, diam
The Karavitakis family have owned land and vineyard at Kolymbari near Chania for four generations and have been bottling their own wines for 20 years. They are part of a movement called Wines of Crete, including many other young independent growers, which has challenged the view of some of the older-generation that the old oxidative wines were best. Since 1998 the vineyards have been refurbished, a new winery built and equipped and new varieties planted, and everything is farmed sustainably without the use of chemicals.
As well as owning their own vineyards the family also obtain grapes from small estates with which they work closely, sending their own agriculturalist to assure themselves of the quality vineyard management and of the fruit. Nikos Karavitakis is the new generation making wine here and like his father he champions local varieties such as the white, apricot-scented vidiano and red kotsifali and mandilaria varieties. This attention to detail and the forward thinking go arm in arm with the traditional values of the family which means that we are likely to hear more of them.
Very pale garnet. Zingy, minerally nose. Then sweetness. Some may find the wine a little sweet for their taste; but it’s interesting and distinctive. GV
The Daily Telegraph
Some spicy notes here in a fine example of the pale-skinned Cretan grape liatiko, made by the Karavitakis winery in the north-west of the island. Apparently, previous vintages were oakier; this new...Some spicy notes here in a fine example of the pale-skinned Cretan grape liatiko, made by the Karavitakis winery in the north-west of the island. Apparently, previous vintages were oakier; this new release majors on a compote of Victoria plums and black cherries. It also has a subtly tart edge and would partner well with, and cut through, fatty meat like roast pork.