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International Trophy Sweet: Gerolemo, Commandaria, Cyprus 2007

Fantastically complex nose with prunes, sandalwood, nuts hints of coffee and spice, the palate launches one into layers of ripe peach, ripe apricot, raisins, nectar, there are hints of tannin, and an unbelievably delicious combination of sweetness and freshness. Superb wine.

Gerolemo, Commandaria, Cyprus 2007

Gerolemo was founded in 1989 and stretches across 127 acres of beautiful countryside at an altitude of 900 metres above sea level, one kilometre north of the village of Omodas; right in the heart of Cypriot winemaking country.

Its International Trophy winner – of which Gerolemo produces around 15,000 bottles each year –  is arguably its flagship wine, having been the recipient of more awards than any other in its portfolio.

With a documented lineage stretching back to the crusades in the 12th Century, Commandaria is widely acknowledged as being the oldest style of wine still being produced in the world today.

As tradition dictates, this is made from the Xynisteri and Mavro varietals; the grapes – once harvested at ideal maturity –  being laid out to dry in the sun for between one and two weeks.

Once they have undergone fermentation, the wine is matured in oak barrels for a minimum of four years; the end result being an exquisite, deeply-coloured dessert wine, with beautiful, mouth-filling flavours that would match well with rich, toffee or chocolate-based puddings.

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