Zambartas Single Vineyard Xynisteri 2021
The grapes for this come exclusively from the organically certified Mandria Vineyard. Matured in second-fill oak barrels on the fine lees, the wine is rich, nutty and complex.
This wine comes from the organically certified Mandria Vineyard of 30-year-old vines, located at a 900m altitude on the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains. It was the first legally delineated Single Vineyard wine in Cyprus, produced by Marcos to fully express the exceptional qualities of the site. A unique example of Xynisteri, the grapes are hand-harvested and undergo spontaneous fermentation with natural yeast, first in stainless steel before being finished in 500l French Oak barrels. The wine then spends nine months in barrel sur lie, though malolactic fermentation is suppressed to preserve freshness. The aromatic vibrancy of the Xynisteri shines, with floral, citrus and sweet spice notes, cox apple and pineapple, then bread, toast and hazelnut. The palate is weighty yet elegant and refined, balanced by the mouthwatering acidity retained at this altitude. A complex, expressive, rich and remarkable take on the variety.
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