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St John Commandaria Dessert Wine

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Here's a bit of Cypriot history for you This sweet dessert style wine is named after the knights of St John, a group founded in the 11th century dedicated to St John the Baptist. They sought refuge in Cyprus after being driven out of Jerusalum, and hence the name of the wine. Now the history lesson is over, this sweet, lush puppy weighs in at 15% alcohol, and shows aromas of Xmas cake, figs and nittiness on the nose, whilst the palate is toothsome with dried fruit and toffee flavours, a fair bit of oakiness, and a warm, plush finish. Great with cheese, or even over ice-cream. 

Winemaker's Notes

KEO’s Commandaria St. John is produced from a rare ancient indigenous grape variety, Xynisteri, whose grapes come from a denominated area, on the eastern slopes of Troodos mountain range, giving the wine an “Appellation of origin” status. The grapes grow in volcanic soils, poor and thin, thus producing a low yield but of good quality crop. The grapes are left to overripe and after harvesting they are exposed directly to the sun, on rooftops, to increase their sugar content. Fermentation is slow, at low temperatures, and the wine then ages in oak barrels at KEO’s isotherm cellars.

Commandaria St. John offers a luscious taste of powerful bouquet, dried fruit, spices and oak wood. Commandaria is ideal as an aperitif, an after dinner drink, or as a refreshing long drink with soda and ice.

Awards and Accolades

Gold Medal - Challenge International du Vin 2009 France

Gold Medal - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2009 (IWSC London)

Gold Medal - International Wine & Sprit Competition 2008 (IWSC London)

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