Iocasti is made from the Spanish grape variety Mataro. Mataro thrives in warm climates, making Cyprus the ideal location for cultivation. All Mataro grapes used for Iocasti are produced at Fikardos’ organic vineyards in Pano Arodes village and from six vineyards located in Kalepia, Polemi and Kili villages (Paphos Region).
Our own organic Mataro vineyards are grown on limestone soil and trained using the cordon training system. The rest of the vineyards are more than 20 years old, are grown on limestone soil and are trained using the traditional “Goblet” system. The vineyards are located at an altitude of between 450-650 metres.
The Mataro grapes have a perfect, round shape, are medium sized and their skin is very thick. In addition, Mataro grapes produce a lot of sugar during ripening. The thick skin helps to produce very aromatic rose wines while the high sugar content helps to produce high alcohol wines.
Rose wines made from Mataro have charming berry and floral aromas, high acidity, and are excellent accompaniments to Cypriot cuisine.
Iocasti Taste Notes
A refreshing dry rose wine with beautiful aromas of strawberry, cherry, Lavender and Violet. Zesty acidity and flavors of Cherry and Pomegranate on the palate.
Variety: Mataro (100%)
Type: Rose Dry
Iocasti pairs very nicely with light meat dishes such as Cyprus Souvlaki, Koupepia or Grilled Lemon and Rosemary Chicken. Since Iocasti is a rose wine it pairs excellently with seafood dishes such as sushi, Grilled Jumbo Shrimp with Garlic-Herb Butter or Grilled Octopus.
Thessaloniki International Wine Competition 2008, Silver Medal
New wines from one of the island’s foremost wine makers. George Kassianos, Cyprus Mail, January 29th, 2015
French Paradox re-confirmed. George Kassianos, Sunday Mail, 2013
Fikardos Winery works in close cooperation with vine growers and always aims in selecting the best grapes for vinification. Besides working with international varieties the winery gives strong emphasis to Cyprus Indigenous varieties.