Makarounas "Aerides" Xynisteri, 2022, 750ml
This is an interesting one: a full rich rendition of Cyprus’s principal white grape, Xynisteri, but at only 12% abv. These indigenous Cypriot grapes clearly happily inhabit their environment. That said, this is a rolling sweet-fruited wine with candied lemon peel, ripe red apple and hints of apricot. All the same, it possesses a little phenolic grip and balancing freshness. The marked extract and physicality of the wine gives it good frame. This would be an ideal pairing for richer and more oily vegetable and poultry dishes, as well as calamari and the like.