New Release – Single Vineyard Shiraz 2016

A winemaker always seeks to make wine that expresses his skills and philosophy. This is however always guided by what nature provides us. The vineyard is the essence and is at the hands of sometimes capricious weather patterns. Small climatic changes or unexpected weather expressions influence the vines and their crop. This can be disastrous or provide unique opportunities!

In 2016 our Shiraz vineyard was hit by hail early in the growing season and 40% of the grape production was destroyed. The remaining grapes benefited and turned out to be the best grapes that I witnessed in my life as a winemaker in Cyprus. The decision to make a Single Vineyard varietal Shiraz was taken very quickly. Something unique could come out of this unexpected cloud burst and it was well worth exploring!

The quality of the harvested grapes allowed for long maceration and aging in 100% new oak barrels, 1 French and 1 American.  Only 694 bottles were produced and I believe is the best wine I have made so far.

For sale only at our winery, in limited stock.
Eur 25,- per bottle.

 

Technical Notes

Grape varieties: 100 % Shiraz
Grape Origin: Pachna, Krasochoria Lemesou
Classification: P.G.I. Limassol
Vineyard: Chalky soils at an altitude of 650-750m above sea level, Non-irrigated bush vines on the Southern slopes of Troodos mountains.

Vinification: In 2016 our Shiraz vineyard was hit by hail early in the growing season and 40% of grape production per vine was destroyed. The remaining grapes were the best quality grapes witnessed in the life of our winemaker. The quality of the grapes allowed for long maceration and aging in 100% new oak barrels 1 French and 1 American.

Tasting notes: Very concentrated purple colour. Intense aroma of black fruit, sweet spice and butter on toast. Full body on the palate with rich flavour and lasting aftertaste.

General characteristics: Intense colour, aromatic, full-bodied, aging potential of 20 years.

Marcos Zambartas

Marcos is the winemaker and owner of Zambartas Wineries. Passionate about making wines that express the true identity of Cyprus vineyards. He loves the indigenous varieties and is always looking for ways to improve his wines year after year!
Marcos Zambartas