Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. Originally from France, today it is cultivated in nearly every major wine producing country, including North and South America, Europe, Australia and South Africa. The Cabernet Sauvignon grape was introduced to Cyprus in the 1970s and, together with Shiraz, is one of the best adapted international varieties. The warmer climate of Cyprus has resulted in fruitier, higher alcohol Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
According to Nathalie MacLean:
Cabernet Sauvignon is a dry red wine that can age for decades and that becomes more complex and subtle as a result. Signature aromas in its youth include blackcurrant, cassis, blackberry, herbs and cedar or oak. As it ages, it takes on notes of seductive spices, anise, violets, leather, olive, tobacco and cigar box.
In Paphos, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are grown using the traditional “goblet” system which has been used in Cyprus for thousands of years. The grape vines are, on average, 15-20 years old.
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.