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Cyprus tasting notes

text and photographs © 2007 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Cyprus and its wines.


Ezousa Xinisteri 2008
Very fresh, bright pear-drop nose. Little background of something oatmeally. Touch of herbs. On the palate this has a nice texture, with a touch of oxidation through 10% old barrels, which fits very nicely giving an added complexity. Low acidity, and not for keeping, but lovely flavours. 88/100

Ezousa Maratheftiko Rosé 2008
One hour maceration only, but gives lots of colour. Quite a deep salmon pink. Herbal aromas, with clean, gentle fruitiness. Flattering touch of sugar on the palate (9g/l) makes it soft and ewasy drinking, with a bit of strawberry fruit and a bit of weight and texture. 87/100

Ezousa Cabernet Sauvignon Mataro Marvo 2006
40% Cabernet and 30 each of Mataro and Marvo. Slightly reductive, but some solid, chunky, earthy black fruit comes through and a touch of smoky oak. The palate has good fruit, with dry, mouth-filling tannins and the oak maybe just drying the finish a little. 86/100

Ezousa Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Quite ripe and jammy, like blackcurrant jam with a touch of creamy oak adding some vanilla. Nice big soft, ripe, sweet fruit and excellent Cabernet expression, with the tannins coming in pretty abruptly, but the oak does soften and balance the finish. 88/100

Ezousa Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Quite fresh, with good black fruit character and a fairly tight aromatic profile, just a touch of mint and a touch of charry barrel. The palate too is tight, with a slightly astringent feel to the oaky tannins and a finish that is a bit lean. This could flesh out nicely in anther year in bottle. 87/100

Ezousa Maratheftiko 2003
There's a slightly animal, slightly barnyard character, with a lack of fruit. The palate too is dry and rather dull, the thinnish body and highish acidity along with the lack of sweetness and mid-palate richness. Has personality and rustic character, but not entirely convincing. 85/100

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