The name of the wine was inspired by the ancient era and geometry, two concepts immediately connected with winemaking.
The three eternal conundrums or brain-teasers of the Ancient Greek mathematicians are shown on the labels of these three Vlassides wines, enticing us to discover them: Doubling the cube – Trisecting the angle – Squaring the circle.
GRIFOS 2. Trisecting the angle
For the white Grifos, a local variety is paired with an international one. Just as its Greek name implies, the “Xynisteri” variety lacks acidity. Exactly for this reason we decided to combine this variety with Sauvignon blanc. The grapes come from non-irrigated vineyards in Kilani and Pachna.
It is best served fresh and cool at 8-10°C.
GRIFOS 2 – White
25% Sauvignon Blanc
The harvest of Sauvignon takes place in August and Xynisteri follows around the middle of September. Every year after the end of fermentation, several combinations of the two varieties take place in order to arrive at the most deliciously balanced blend. After that, Grifos 2 is left in keeping with its lees 3 to 6 months before bottling. The wine is bottled just before Christmas.
This is a vividly aromatic and fruity wine that fills the palate with its multifaceted character and lasting finish.
2020 Harvest Information:
|Reducing Sugars:||2,5 g/l|
October until July
|Lowest:||18,5°C – (8/2020)|
|Highest:||33,6°C – (8/2020)|
|Lowest:||17,5°C – (9/2020)|
|Highest:||33,7°C – (9/2020)|
2020 was characterised by a relatively mild winter. However, the temperatures that prevailed during the winter months affected the phenological stages of the vineyard (bud burst, flowering, veraison, maturation) which delayed their progression and for this reason harvest begun during the 3d week of August.
The total amount of rainfall in our area reached 850mm of rain, with 75% taking place between December of 2019 and January of 2020. The drought that followed, which started in mid-spring and continued until the harvest period, along with the absence of intense hot weather and with optimal viticultural care, helped to produce perfectly healthy grapes with excellent ripening.
The average temperature in August was 25.5°C, favouring the technological and phenolic maturation of Sauvignon blanc and Shiraz, varieties which ripen during this time.
The average temperature in September of 2020 was 25°C, 2.5°C higher than in 2019. The increased temperature resulted in the abrupt increase of the sugars of the Merlot variety during harvest season. On the contrary, Cabernet Sauvignon had a simultaneous technological and phenolic maturation. The non-grafted indigenous varieties of our vineyards of Xynisteri, Promara, Yiannoudi and Maratheftiko were not affected by this change and enjoyed a smooth maturation due to their adaptation to the climate of Cyprus.
As a result of all the above, this year’s harvest has contributed significantly to the creation of wines that highlight the typical character of each variety with a strong terroir element, especially in wines which derive their grapes from selected vineyards such as Alates, Oroman, Sauvignon blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Opus Artis.
This year’s white wines of Vlassides Winery present intense varietal aromas which evolve as we taste them and are characterised by balanced acidity and a cool aftertaste.
Due to the smooth maturation of our red varieties, the wines produced will be characterised by intense varietal aromas with a velvety balance between alcohol, acidity and phenolic load