Commandaria

Commandaria - dessert wines from Cyprus

 

Commandaria is a wine-growing region on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus and at the same time the name of a Cypriot wine. Commandaria represents also a very old wine production, which is named in Cyprus up to 800 BC and is described by Hesiod.

This fruity sweet dessert wine can bear similarity with a sweet sherry.

Wines that bear the name Commandaria, come from a relatively small wine growing region North of Limassol on the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains. The vineyards are located up to 1200 meters height on a stony barren surface. The vines are traditionally drawn in Bush form and should not be watered. Admitted to the production of Commandaria there are two autochthonous grapes used, the red Kypreiko or known as Mavro and the white Xynisteri.

During the harvest, the grapes must contain very high (about 230 grams / liter) levels of sugar. Due to the subsequent drying, the sugar content rises to over 400 grams. The grapes of both grapes are separately pressed and fermented separately, traditionally in large clay vats buried partly in the soil or in stainless steel tanks. After this two to four months long fermentation time the musts are usually in equal proportions blended and sprayed on 15 to 20 percent by volume with ethyl alcohol and oxidative expanded in large oak casks. The storage in the oak or even chestnut barrels lasts at least two years, usually but longer.

Depending on the mixing ratio of base wines and expansion the Commandaria is dark amber to dark reddish brown.

 

Mavro grape

 

The Mavro is officially called Kypreiko as applies the name Mavro exclusively on Cyprus. Mavro (in Greek) means... black ... Probably for several centuries, the grape is grown on Cyprus. The varietal red wine is considered to be very strong.

 

Xynisteri grape

 

The Xynisteri is a white very traditional grape variety from Cyprus. The wines made from Xynisteri are often light bodies with low alcohol level. It has aromatic profile that will remind you of fruits and nuts. It brings about tastes of lemons, peaches and plums. There are wine experts and makers who have experimented with these grapes and have made it a lot more complex.


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Hadjiantonas Bagiaikh Commandaria 2009

The Hadjiantonas Bagiaikh Commandaria is a alkohol rich creamy dessert wine. He very strongly resembles sherry with its dark reddish brown colour and with its pronounced aroma. It is stored in oak barrels for 2,5 years.

49.90 € *
1 l = 66.53 €
In stock
Delivery period: 3 working days
Delivery weight: 1,412 g

Kyperounda Commandaria 2004/2005

Gold medal winner 8th Cyprus Wine Award 2015

The Kyperounda Commandaria is not dissimilar to a noticeable alcohol, extract-rich, almost creamy dessert wine, a sweet sherry. In addition to the existing sweetness of the Commandaria is both shaped by a strong coffee note as also by the aromas of red fruits. The Commandaria has a dark amber color and is presented in an attractive bottle.

37.90 € *
1 l = 75.80 €
In stock
Delivery period: 3 working days
Delivery weight: 1,365 g

Aes Ambelis Commandaria 2005/2006

The Aes Ambelis Commandaria is a creamy dessert wine. He very strongly resembles sherry with its dark reddish brown color and with its pronounced aroma. It is stored in oak barrels for 4 years and another year in the bottle. It is produced from the Xynisteri grape.

34.90 € *
1 l = 49.86 €
In stock
Delivery period: 3 working days
Delivery weight: 1,616 g
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