Hadjiantonas "Shiraz" 2009

100% Syrah (Shiraz)
A still red wine from the Lemesos region of Cyprus.

Dense and evolved. Ripe berries, coffee, tobacco, underwood.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby red on the glass.

On the nose this Shiraz opens with ripe berries, some oaky aromas and coffee.

On the mouth this Cyprus Shiraz is tart with rich blackberry and blueberry jam notes. As it airs it shows tobacco and underwood.

The 2009 Shiraz from Hadjiantonas is powerful, dense and delicious.

The finish is powerful and long.

Score 93

My score / points

Hadjiantonas "Shiraz" 2009
Shiraz (2009) Review
Estate making Shiraz Estate Hadjiantonas
Shiraz (2009) Label Shiraz
Style of Shiraz Style Red & Still
Country of Hadjiantonas Country Cyprus
Region of Hadjiantonas Region Lemesos
Grape blend of Shiraz Grapes Syrah (Shiraz)
Vintage of Shiraz Vintage 2009
My review of Shiraz Points

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Phylloxera in Cyprus

Cypriot vines have been spared by the phylloxera epidemic that spread throughout Europe at the end of the 19th century. Cyprus being an island, managed to avoid the arrival of the pest thanks to a quarantine.

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Species of insect that plagues grapevines.

Grape Phylloxera is an insect pest, it is native to North America and it feeds on vine roots.

In the wine world, when talking about ‘Phylloxera’ one refers to the spread of that pest in Europe in the late 1800’s. It all happened when some British botanists brought back infected specimens of North American vines. Phylloxera spread throughout the old continent and almost destroyed every grape vine in the process.

When vines started mysteriously dying, it took a while to pin point the problem. It was finally understood that Phylloxera was eating the roots of European vines. Vitis vinifera 1 was less resistant to the pest than its American cousin, vitis lambrusca2.

As a solution, the vitis viniferae were grafted with the roots of vitis lambruscea. That trick saved the European plants. And the production of European grapes. Thus that saved the production of European wine.

  1. Vitis vinifera is the botanical name of the European vine. 

  2. Vitis lambrusca is the botanical name of the American vine. 

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