2019 Tsiakkas Xynisteri, PGI Lemesos, Cyprus (750ml)

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Cyprus is one the oldest wine making countries, with a wine history that dates back 5,500 years. The wine made at the time was called Nama of Cyprus. It became famous with European aristocracy during the Middle Ages, but with the name given by the Knights of Templar: Commandaria.

Tsiakkas Winery was established in 1988, producing a scant 500 bottles in the town of Pelendri, near Limassol. Over the years Tsiakkas began scaling back its production of the popular international varieties like Cabernet, Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Merlot, and gradually shifting its focus to the local indigenous Cypriot varietals. Old forgotten varieties like Yiannoudi and Promara were replanted and extensive research was done (both in the vineyard and the winery) on Xynisteri and Vamvakad. Tsiakkas now relies primarily on their own vineyards, but also sources fruit from vineyards where they have long-term relationships in place. They pride themselves on producing high quality wines that speak to the lore and traditions of the region. The total acreage of the vineyards under winery management stands now at 13 hectares situated in Pelendri and nearby villages, all certified organic since 1995.

Processed and aged entirely in stainless steel, the blend for this wine is 98% Xynisteri and 2% Malaga. The hand-picked grapes underwent two days of skin contact before being pressed and fermented with selected yeasts under strict temperature control.

Light yet complex herbal and citrus aromas. The palate shows delicate flavors of underripe peach, citrus pith and bitter almond. Beautiful texture juxtaposed with crisp acidity.

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