Every wine has its Moment
None more satisfying than that of debunking fixed ideas and past negative impressions. A recognition worthy of that continued attention to ungrafted vineyards, resulting in a persistent winemaking that further reinforces the superior reputation of Cyprus wines.
Some of the worst wine I have tasted since I started writing about wine was what was available the one time we went on holiday to the far-eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus in 1983. The whites showed the most old fashioned of faults, oxidation, clearly having been made without recourse to temperature control. Rather charmingly retro in a way. BUT THE OTHER DAY,…..I came across this marvel, Kyperounda, Petritis Xynisteri 2011 Cyprus, so fresh and bursting with fruit
That was in 2013 and today Petritis Xynisteri from Kyperounda, is not only a local favourite but also a reputed export to international markets and an Ambassador wine in the permanent collection at La Cité du Vin.
Now while Xynisteri harvest goes into full gear, it’s may be a good timing to have a glass of Cyprus indigenous white and toast to healthy harvest and enduring vintages across the island.