(2016) What a treat to find this wine in the UK thanks to Daily Drinker: I've judged the Cyprus National Wine Awards three times now, most recently in 2016, and have visited these phenomenal vineyards at 1500 metres altitude which they claim to be Europe's highest. I have also tasted a vertical of this wine back to the 2002, proving it ages well. It's a serious, Chablis-style wine made from the native Xinisteri and gently touched by oak. Shimmering and bright, there is vanilla and oatmeal over ultra-fresh citrus and apple, a little salty mineral note too. All of that combines on the palate rather beautifully: its not flashy or outgoing, but has a winning balance of fruit and nervous energy, and a long, mineral finish.
(2012) Another Maratheftiko with a wild, savoury garrigue nose, full, rich and mouth-filling palate and a juicy freshness to the finish.
(2012) A little too much dry extract but otherwise a lovely wine, concentrated, but harmonious.
(2012) Made from Maratheftiko, this is vinous, deep, almost liquoricy on the nose. Savoury in style and like a light red wine in character.
(2012) Huge, chocolaty nose with plenty of oak and super-ripe berries. There's a flood of fruit on the palate that is big and creamy-sweet in a Barossa style, but this has precision too.
(2012) A multi-varietal wine, this has an Amarone-like, appealing but rich and curranty nose, with plum, sweet, soft fruit and a spicy finish.
(2012) Made from Cabernet Sauvignon, this lacks a little fruit, but has a pretty commercial style, with a touch of residual sugar.
(2012) Cabernet Sauvignon, and the first wine of the flight with a green character, but lovely on the palate which is weight and creamy.
(2012) Lovely creamy, savoury, intelligent stuff with a full, silky fruit ripeness but some really lovely structure of supple tannins and good acidity.
(2012) Fabulous stuff - very bold, creamy, sumptuous and silky on the palate with a long and spicy finish, but retaining juicy freshness through good acidity.