Type: Sweet Red
Varietal Composition: 100% Liatiko
Region: Dafnes (350 metres altitude), Crete, Greece.
Vinification: After harvesting, the mature grapes are dried in the sun for around 7 days, followed by classic white vinification in stainless steel. Matured in French oak for 10 years. It has the potential to mature for up to twenty years.
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Tasting Characteristics: An impressive and unique Cretan desert wine from the Liatiko variety, also used in dry wines. Amber coloured with a complex aromatic bouquet of dried fruits, nuts, mocha coffee and cocoa powder. Extremely good structure and balanced mouth feel with a very long finish.
Serving suggestions: Best served at 10oC and ideal to accompany chocolate based desserts, such as chocolate tart, caramel au beurre sale et chocolat noir and tarts with
dried figs or black fruits. It would well accompany well crema catalana or
other desserts with burnt caramel. Helios will also complement some
traditional Cretan pastries and pies, such as "kalitsounia" or "sfakiani pita"
Residual sugars: 125g/L
Total SO2: 123ppm
About our producer:
The tradition and history of Douloufakis Family in vineyard cultivation and production started in 1930 when the grandfather Dimitris Douloufakis first established the professional wine production in old traditional premises.
Nowadays the vineyard cultivation and wine-production tradition of the Family is continued by the grandson Nikolas Douloufakis.
Having studied Oenology in Italy (Alba Intituto Agrario-Spezialitato in Diviticultura e Enologia) he has proceeded to the renewing of the wine premises and to the production of superior quality wines from his own vineyards.
Douloufakis Winery vineyards are situated in hill slopes at an altitude of 350 meters and the cultivation is done by mechanical means. They cover 10 hectares and are located within the vine region of Dafnes, in Greece. The vine varieties planted are: Vilana, Vidiano, Muscat White (of Spina), Malvasia, Mandilari, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Liatiko, Kotsifali, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Syrah. Apart from privately owned vineyards, grapes are sourced from farmers who cultivate their own vineyards in the same area.