Xynisteri is the most planted white variety in Cyprus (20% of total plantings- 2,410ha). It is a zesty variety full of freshness and delicacy. Naturally moderate in acidity manages (with a little help from higher altitudes and/or some fine-tuning in the cellar) to give balanced wines with spotless, delicate fresh fruit, in the stone fruit aromatic spectrum, complemented by herbal or floral nuances.
The most recent discovery and 'hot' variety of the Cypriot vineyard, Yiannoudi is the alter ego of Maratheftiko with mostly black fruit on the nose (cassis, blackberries) followed by a plethora of ripe tannins. Time only can tell which one of the two will be more successful.