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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.


Vasa Chardonnay 2005
Lightly touched by vanilla and almond, quite straightforward apple aromas. Quite a lot of oak on the palate, with very classy toast and sesame seed, and a cool, restrained fruit coming trhrough. This is a strucured and beautifully pitched Chardonnay, and perphaps the classiest on the island. 89/100

Vasa Mourvèdre 2007
One year in oak for this wine, which has quite a meaty, typically mourvèdre nose, with a touch of wild, gamy quality to deep-set black fruit. Very fine and svelte, with a plush, fine fruit on the palate. 89/100

Vasa Maratheftiko 2007
Double gold winner at the 2009 Cyprus national wine competition, this is really very fine, and they have captured really good fruit and lovely silky concentration from the Maratheftiko. Good length too, in a very refines, characterful but elegant wine. 89/100

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