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Wines > The real Cypriot deal October 15, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Wine And Spirits.

A small winery in the mountains is turning out some fantastic wines

It was a hard but a pleasurable task to taste Lambouri wines. This new winery has already had its grand opening but wine aficionados would be best prepared to take these notes when visiting Platres, the only place you can be certain to find the Lambouri collection. These are interesting wines, with their own character and individuality. The owners makes good use of oak in an effort to portray the new style of Cyprus wine.

2005 Lambouri Dry White, Lemesos Region, Alcohol Volume 11%
If this was a blind tasting I might have been fooled this Xinisteri varietal with a Sauvignon Blanc. However, this is the indigenous Xinisteri grape variety grown at an altitude of 1,200m in some of the highest vineyards in the Limassol region. The winemaker ensures that grapes slowly mature and are hand picked in autumn. Destemmed and partially crushed, the fermentation occurs in a stainless steel tank at 17 degr. C. The result is a yellow-greenish wine with intense aromas of grapefruit, lime, green apple and passion fruit mixed with almonds and some mineral hints. The palate bursts with citrus fruit, has great concentration and a fresh lingering finish. Served at 10 degr. C, it is best enjoyed with grilled squid, lemon, garlic and cumin, fried red mullet with Mediterranean greens or light pastas.

Lambouri Rose, Lemesos Region, Alcohol Volume 12%
Lazy, hot summer days, weekend family outings and al-fresco lunches outdoors all call for rose wines. Lambouri uses Grenache Noir grapes grown in high mountain slopes at 1,200m. It has an intense pink colour, pomegranate to be precise with salmon hue, brimming with fresh flavours of red fruit, strawberry and raspberry along with a touch of citrus. Refreshing zippiness on the palate, there is a kick of spice on an astringent finish. Serious red fruits grace the palate and melt into a delicious blend of jammy juices. This rose is capable of handling summer’s best fare, from grilled veggies to Asian spice and grilled fish at 11 degr. C.

2001 Lambouri Chardonnay fume, Lemesos Region, Alcohol Volume 13%
Oak, new French oak. This Chardonnay varietal is fermented in new French oak barrels and matured for six months in the lees. Yellow with some greenish hints, it is nicely flavoured with distinctive Chardonnay fruit overlaid with butterscotch flavours from the oak. Vigorous and youthful nose with perfumes of night blooming jasmine that hang rich and heavy. Fresh golden apples and waxy lemons over the palate with some creamy oak. Racy acidity, full and round, approachable, balanced and fresh. One of the best and most interesting oaked Chardonnays that I have tried and served at 12 degr. C is perfect with smoked salmon, crab cakes, oysters and stuffed clams as well as chicken, pork and king prawns served with cream sauce. This wine is recommended for all Chardonnay lovers that enthuse over oak.

Lambouri Dry Red, Lemesos Region, Alcohol Volume 13%
A blend of three grape varieties: Rhone Valley’s Mourvodre, the indigenous Mavro and the famous Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were fermented at a controlled temperature of 25 degr. C, resulting in a wine with light red intensity in colour with pronounced aromas of dry cherry and raspberries and scents of Mediterranean herbs rising from the nose. The palate is medium, soft, ripe and peppery, round with warm spice, sour cherry and plum fruit. Served at 18 degr. C with grills or stews of red meat, goat cheese and meat pasta.

2000 Lambouri Cabernet Sauvignon, Lemesos Region, Alcohol volume 13%
The Cabernet Sauvignon is grown at an altitude of more than 1,000m in the Platres area and harvested between late August and early September. This dry red has a ruby red colour, with a distinctive hue. On the nose there is ripe cassis, plum, cherry and fruitcake. The palate shows the same fruit, with tea leaf feeling and sensual tannins. This is a medium to full-body wine. The winemaker has used malolactic fermentation with maturation in French and American oak barrels to produce a fresh, multi-layered wine with a fine balance of acidity, fruit and body with hints of oak. Serve with meat casseroles, medium and hard cheese, roast pheasant or partridge, Asian spicy chicken and with grills. Drink now.

2003 Lambouri Sweet red, Lemesos Region, Alcohol Volume 14%
And now for something completely different. A sweet red, an old truism in the wine business is that people talk dry but drink sweet. This is more like Port than Commandaria. Pale ruby red colour, the fruit is the real deal. Clean and soft with pleasant plum and red berry flavours. A little chilling would set it off. It is light-bodied, warm spice on the palate with silky smooth tannins and a lingering aftertaste. For food pairings try it with roast pork or gammon.

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