"HELIOS" Red Natural Sweet Douloufakis 2005
“Helios” means “sun”, as the summer sun gives soul to this wine.
An impressive dessert wine, full of aromas and flavours. It is made from the sun dried grapes of the Cretan variety Liatiko (100%).
In the area of Dafnes, near Heraklion (Crete), at 350 metres above sea level. The indigenous variety Liatiko is mainly found in Dafnes and offers sweet sun dried wines, but it can be used in dry wines as well.
After the harvest, we dry the mature grapes in the sun for about seven days. After drying, classic white vinification follows. The long lasting fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at 17°C.
It matured for eleven years in used French oak barrels.
Alcohol : 14,2% vol
Residual sugar: 110 gr/lt
Total acidity: 6,2 gr/lt
Total Sulfur: 67 mg/lt
The ageing potential of this sweet wine is up to twenty years.
Amber-honey coloured wine, with brown overtones. It has a multifaceted, complex aromatic bouquet; it releases aromas of dried fruits, nuts, mocha coffee and cocoa powder. Extremely good structure, balanced rich buttery taste, with intense aromas of ageing. Aromatic long lasting aftertaste.
Should be served at 10°C and is ideal for 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 crema catalana or other desserts with burnt caramel. Helios will also complement some traditional Cretan pastries and pies, such as "kalitsounia" or "sfakiani pita".