The 2016 Vamvakada is an unusual monovarietal, aged for 13 months in 20% new oak (mostly French) and the rest in barrels ranging up to five years old. It comes in at 15.3% alcohol, a jump from the last I saw. All the vines are organic pre-Phylloxera, seven years in age.
90 points, Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Issue # 244 - Aug 2019)
Made from Cyprus’s most important indigenous red-wine grape, this is dark and dense, its tannic, plummy flavors wrapped in a soothing coat of vanilla-scented oak. It’s impressively youthful for a 2016, still almost grapey in the freshness of its fruit, suggesting that this will benefit from another few years in the cellar to integrate.
90 points, Wine & Spirits (Aug 2019)