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Producer: Kyperounda WineryGrape Varieties: Xynesteri 100%Optimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Refreshing yet rounded whiteAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: CorkCountry: Croatia
This producer has not only the highest winery in Europe situated at 1,140 metres, but also the highest vineyards at over 1,400 metres above sea level. Located at Kyperounda, in the Pitsilia area of the Troodos mountain range, the Kyperounda Winery sits in an idyllic setting, with correspondingly spectacular views. The winery was designed to the specifications of experienced winemakers and uses gravity to produce wine in the gentlest possible way. They have been producing wine since 2003 and have already made quite a splash on the international stage.
2016 was the earliest vintage of the last ten years with the harvest starting on the 1st of October, but the vines still had plenty of time for the grapes to ripen and reach optimum maturity. The grapes had a higher phenolic level, resulting in wines with more structure.
The Xynisteri variety is as delicious as it is difficult to pronounce (Sin-ees-ter-ee). The indigenous grapes are grown on the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains, in some of the highest vineyards in Europe, at altitudes of 1,400 metres above sea level. The plots sit on rocky terraces, where the soils are made up of sandy clay. Due to the altitude of the vineyards, Kyperounda invariably harvests approximately one month later than vineyards at half their elevation and the long hang time results in concentrated fruit.
The gravity fed winery is built on three levels and is designed for the gentlest possible handling of the grapes and wine. The vinification took place in stainless steel tanks to maximise the purity of the fruit. 20% of the wine was then matured in one year old barriques for two months, adding subtle oak complexity to the final blend.
Delicious aromas of citrus fruits, candied lime, lychee and a touch of spice and vanilla. A medium bodied yet refreshing wine with a long, persistent finish.
A great partner to linguine with lemon and black pepper, salt and pepper squid or delicately spiced Asian cuisine.
91Pts, Joanna Simon, 2017
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