In the name of Age worthiness, a Tribute to Xynisteri

And the winner is......Xynisteri
11th Cyprus Wine Competition Results
Ayia Napa – 21st April, 2018

Remakes can turn out to be better versions of the original story. If one goes by revisiting and comparing results from the last editions, there are two aspects that at the helm of the Cyprus Wine Competitions that can be evidenced:  (i) qualitative domination of Commandaria and (ii) the premium given to age.

What difference can a year possibly make? The difference weighs itself in the size of gold.

Take it as a signal that age-worthiness has come of age, and has manifested itself in the clearest examples to-date from the results of the judging at the 11th Cyprus Wine Competition, as evidenced by the award ceremony last saturday 21st of April, 2018.

National wine competitions have a bigger role than that of being a seasonal tally of medals and certificates of achievement for wines. For the industry and most of all, to the consumer, wine competitions have to become full-proof indicators of how wines will behave in time and also how the sum of all wines participating can reflect, not only a state of being of an industry, but also a imprint a certain mark of character and origin through the evolution of wines in time.

The rematch of Commandarias, is an occasion to promote a deeper understanding about how varietal sweet wines behave so as to detect trends in the maturity of vintages, and also subtle remark the differences between styles.  Commandaria wine requires a special attention and re-categorization of judging, an amendment to contemplate for future editions of the competition so as to reflect value-added and subtleties between vintages but also  to overcome the variability of judges as a factor of influence. If not, how else can one explain that a 2002  vintage of Commandaria white sweet Xynisteri, scores to the roof in this edition compared to last year edition while competing against the same wines.

Rushing wines to the competition should not be a lottery, it’s evident that the competition was created and still favours judging of younger wines just released in the market – while this may be ok for Cyprus rosés – it’s not so for all other wines, sweet or dry.  Voluntary or involuntary, this years entry of Petritis 2016 Xynisteri could finally consolidate the trend in winemaking and judging of still wines for aged national white varieties, such as Xynisteri and Promara – Age, being also a virtue for these varieties that adds to the portfolio of styles.  It is noticeable that Promara was a relevant absent, such as Yiannoudi, from this years competition.

Finally, while it may come as no surprise, it seems that merit for one’s quality work will in time be highlighted, in this occasion and in the case of Sophocles Vlassides and his team, with heighten competition from Sodap. It’s our wish to see that the awards help with energy and satisfaction of the recognition, to continue on the successful path that was set for the future – Congratulations to them and all participants as well as organisers in this years edition.

Cyprus Wine Competition Results 2018:

2018 Competition Medal Tally

Wine Type

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Medal Awards

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Wine Type

Medal Qualifications

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Grand Gold

Medal Awards

Gold

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Silver

Wine Type

Commandaria
sweet wine (red+white)

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2 Grand Medals

Medal Awards

6 Medals

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1 Medal

Wine Type

Sweet White

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1 Medal

Medal Awards

4 medals

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1 medal

Wine Type

Sweet Red

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1 medals

Medal Awards

3 medals

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1 medal

Wine Type

Dry White Wines

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-

Medal Awards

6 medals

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14 medals

Wine Type

Dry Red Wines

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-

Medal Awards

8 medals

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7 medals

Wine Type

Rosé Wines

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-

Medal Awards

3 medals

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2 medals

Wine Type

Special Distinctions

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-

Medal Awards

2 medals

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3 medals

Outstanding Competition wines

Award Level
  • Sweet White Wine
    Grand Gold
    ST. BARNABAS COMMANDARIA 2002
    Commandaria
  • Sweet Red wine
    Grand Gold
    ALASIA 2005 - Loel
    Commandaria

  • Dry red wine
    Gold
    CONSTANTINOU - 2015 - C.G. CONSTANTINOU WINERY
    Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Dry rosé wine
    Gold
    STROUMBELI ROSÉ - KAMANTERENA
    Maratheftiko
  • Dry white wine
    Gold
    PETRITIS 2016 - Kyperounda Winery
    Xynisteri
  • Sweet red wine
    Gold
    AES AMBELIS 2010 - Commandaria
    Mavro
  • Sweet white wine
    Gold
    ANTHOLOGIA - 2015 - Vouni Panayia
    Muscat of Alexandria

Cyprus Varietal Distinctive Wines

Award Level
  • Awarded Maratheftiko Varietal
    Gold
    STROUMBELI ROSÉ - KAMANTERENA
    Dry Rosé
  • Awarded Xynisteri Varietal
    Gold
    PETRITIS 2016 - Kyperounda Winery
    White Dry
  • Awarded Spourtiko Varietal
    Silver
    IRIS 2017 - Kolios Winery
    White Dry
  • Awarded Morokanela Varietal
    Silver
    GEROLEMO MOROKANELLA 2017
    White Dry
  • Awarded Mavro Varietal
    Silver
    ANTHOLOGIA Red Sweet - 2015 - Vouni Panayia
    Red Sweet