Monastic wine moving beyond traditions

Chrysorroyiatissa Monastiri red wine BlendIf you are into peregrinations or into religious artifacts, at the Monastery you’ll also be blessed with finding 2009 Monastiri, a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz blend.

The monastery is probably best known for its two other table wines produced by Abbot Dionysios, who has given a new life to age old tradition of winemaking. Ayios Andronicos, a white wine made of Xynisteri and meant to be consumed young, and Ayios Elias.

Chrysorroyiatissa Monastiri 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz)   Note by Mateo – @whineontherocks –  Satisfying aroma marked by blackberries, plum, black pepper, cloves and a light hint of vanilla and chocolate. To the palate, harsh tannins and a noticeable spike in the alcohol that smoothed out once the wine was matched with food and had enough time to breathe. Black fruit predominates in a blend that lacked some flavor in the mid-palate, a miss in the finish.

Photos: Via Naturally-Cyprus