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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.


Kolios 'Persefone' Xinisteri 2008
Very aromatic, with real Sauvignon-like punch and masses of bright lemony fruit with a grassy edge. Palate too really delivers a great, vibrant, zesty punch. A terrific xinisteri that avoids the slightly phenolic character and a very convincing Xinisteri. 89/100

Kolios 'Corneto' Mavro Rosé 2008
Very dark, crimson rosé. Pretty paint box aromas of light cherry and a touch of redcurrant. The palate is fresh though feels pretty alcoholic (13.5). 86/100

Kolios 'St Fotios' 2005
60% Maratheftiko, 40% Mavro, this has a slightly inky character, not a huge amount of fruit. More spice and a touch of cherry skins. Slightly dry, ashy finish. 85/100

Kolios Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Ripe, sweet blackcurrant, cassis character. Mint and camphor character on the palate, with peppermint oil concentration. It is medium bodied and fresh, with good concentration and length. Quite creamy and cool in the minty finish. 88/100

Kolios Syrah 2002
Again a welterweight of minty, chocolaty character,which I presume is American oak. Very ripe black fruit beneath. The palate has huge fruit sweetness with layers of blackcurrant and plum, and a freshening core of tannin and acidity. This is international in style, but has a great fruit quality and a smooth, suave finish that is impressive. 89/100

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