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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.


Olympus Winery Nefeli 2008
Xynisteri with a touch of Chardonnay. Fresh, lemony, a touch of that pear skin character I find in many Xynisteri wines. Quite fresh and crisp, and a very enjoyable, thirst quenching style. 85/100

Olympus Winery Xynisteri 2008
Grape selection and 15% barrel ageing. Lovely nose, with a touch of Sauvignon-like bell pepper, and a flinty, smoky minerality. Very fresh, a touch of pear fruit. On the palate nice texture and juicy, pear-skin flavour. Touches of lime and more minerality. A lovely wine. 88/100

Olympus Winery Chardonnay 2008
A touch of mealiness and of herbal quality, in a nice clean style. Some creaminess in backgroiund. Plenty of green fruit acidity and majors on lemony fruit. 85/100

Olympus Winery Semeli 2007
A blend of mostly Rhône varieties. A touch of meaty, plummy character and quite nice fruit on the palate, with a warmth and robust red fruit. Finishes with a little sweetness that is flattering against the rather inky tannins. 86/100

Olympus Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Nice, bright, bold Cabernet fruit with a touch of leafy mint but good blackcurrant characer. The palate has a cool, celan fruitiness, with a certain juiciness and plenty of hefty, grippy tannin in the finish. 86/100

Olympus Winery Merlot 2007
From a certified organic vineyard. A bit of charm on the noie here, with a touch of creaminess to the fruit. The palate is dense and quite fleshy, a touch of sulphur evident, big chewy tannins. 86/100

Olympus Winery Maratheftiko 2007
Quite a perfumed character, with an inkiness too and red cherry and plum notes. Big and grippy, but a rounding sense of vanilla and very deep and mouth-filling fruit. 87/100

Olympus Winery Syrah 2007
Bold and dep fruit, good black fruit and plenty of oak adding vanilla and cream. The palate comes good, with a smoothness to the tannins on this wine (though still huge) and the solid fruit quality coming through. Very good balance in this wine, and long too. 88/100

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