SHIRAZ VLASSIDES

This “aristocratic” variety which comes from Rhone Valley in southern France, grows perfectly in the Cypriot vineyards.

Vlassides Shiraz, one of Cyprus’ favourite red, is a prime example of this variety.

This is a rich wine with soft tannins. The grapes come from non-irrigated vineyards in Kilani, Vouni and Pachna.

The wine matures in oak barrels.

With the potential to evolve further for up to ten years.

Best served at 16-18°C.

Award

Year of Harvest

Silver Medal


13th International Cyprus Wine Competition 2022

2020


Gold Medal


12th International Cyprus Wine Competition 2019

2017


Gold Medal


11th International Cyprus Wine Competition 2018

2016


Bronze Medal 


Decanter World Wine Awards 2018

2016


Bronze Medal 


Decanter World Wine Awards 2017

2015


Silver Medal


9th International Cyprus Wine Competition 2016

2014


Silver Medal


7th International Cyprus Wine Competition 2012

2010


Silver Medal


5th International Cyprus Wine Competition 2010

2008


Shiraz Vlassides

Varieties:

100% Shiraz

 

 

Soil Composition:

Calcareous
50% Sand
30% Clay
20% Silt

Vinification:

The harvest takes place at the end of August. Extraction of phenolic substances lasts from seven to ten days. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine matures in French oak barrels for twelve months.

Production Year

DOWNLOAD 2020 INFO

Organoleptic Characteristics:

  • The deep ruby color in combination with the complex aromatic bouquet (black raspberry, licorice, vanilla, white pepper, tobacco), creates a seductive mood.
  • The acidity in the mouth is balanced with noticeable yet round tannins, an exuberant body and medium to long aftertaste, mainly with notes of spices and nuts.
  • Ability to age for another 8 years.

Harvest Information 2020:

Ethanol: 14,85% Vol
pH: 3,38
Total
Acidity (
H2SO4):
4,14 g/l
Reducing Sugars: 1 g/l
Rainfall: October until July 900mm
Harvest Temperatures (Μ.Α.)
Lowest: 18,5°C – (8/2020)
Highest: 33,6°C – (8/2020)

2020 Harvest:

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 of the year.

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 Xinisteri, Promara, Υiannoudi 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 that 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.