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The Diamantakis winery was founded in 2007 by the family. The first two are third-generation vine-growers who have extensive experience in viticulture and are in charge of the winery’s vineyards; whereas Zacharias, having studied oenology, is involved in the process of winemaking and promoting the wine. The winery is a modern new producer of quality wines in Crete. It is located southwest of the city of Heraklion in the heart of the province Malevizi, outside the village of Kato Asites and the historic Monastery of St. George Gorgolaini, in the eastern foothills of Psiloritis at an altitude of 450 meters, a region with a long history in vine cultivation and the production of wines and spirits.

All of the Diamantakis wines have participated in competitions and have won major awards in some of the biggest international wine competitions: DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS, VIENNA WINE CHALLENGE, INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE,CONCOURS MONDIAL DU BRUXELLES, LES CITADELLES DU VIN, and CHALLENGE INTERNATIONAL DU VIN.

The family is dedicated to creating fine wines that are in harmony with the unique microclimate of the region. One of the winery’s goals is to make use of special native varieties such as Vidiano and Mandilari as they have faith in the future development of these local varieties and their ability to create exceptional wines.

 

 

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logo graperoverThe Diamantakis wines tasted by GrapeRover:

2011 Diamantakis Vidiano, PGI Crete. 84 points.

vidianowhite grapeclip100% vidiano. Young vines.

wine barrel3 months lees on Inox.

vmlRegional: Cretan snails. World: sushi, crustaceans, shellfish, grilled fat fish, charcuterie, cured pork, cream cheeses.

logo graperoverLight golden yellow. Medium+ viscosity. Very promising. In the nose soft ripe fruit like pear, melon and peach, combined with vibrant, apple-&-grapefruit tones. On the palate a fine acidity mingling well with deeper tropical fruit. Versatile, good structure. I believe these young vines  have more in store. Keep tracking future harvests!

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prinos white2011 Diamantakis Prinos white, Table wine. 82 points.

white grapeclip50% malvasia di Candia, 50% chardonnay.

wine barrel3 months lees on Inox.

vmlRegional: Gavros saganaki. World: sushi, crustaceans, shellfish, grilled fat fish, charcuterie, cured pork, cream cheeses.

logo graperoverStraw yellow. Medium viscosity. Delicate yellow fruit on the nose, floral notes, elegant spice. Polished, slightly aromatic pomaceous fruit on the palate, hint of muscat, light herbaceous notes, integrated acidity, pleasant to drink, attractive finish.

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2010 Diamantakis Prinos red, PGI Crete. 83 points.

prinos redred grape clip100% syrah.

vmlRegional: Roast pork.  World: rich pastas, spicy meat casseroles, sausages, pate’s, salami, lamb’s fry, matured cheeses.

logo graperoverBright ruby. Medium viscosity. In the nose: spicy and herbal acidity of cherries and unripe plum, prickly alcohol. Fresh red fruit on the palate, slightly bitter. Integrated tannins, unusual style. Fairly uncomplicated, Nicely astringent on an attractive finish.

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2009 Diamantakis Diamantopetra, PGI Crete. 88 points.

diamond rockred grape clip70% syrah, 30% mandilaria.

wine barrel12 months French / American oak.

vmlRegional: Rabbit stifado. World: game, meat casseroles, roast lamb or kid, grilled vegetables, oven dishes, matured cheeses.

logo graperoverDark brownish purple. Medium+ viscosity. Compact nose, dried and preserved dark berries, dark chocolate, some old oak. Light touch of orange on the palate, delicately juicy, preserved berry fruit, touch of cherries, some cocoa and spice in the background, integrated, round tannins, medium full-bodied, satisfying finish.