The wines of Sclavos
A natural wine
producer from Cephalonia, Greece
Natural wine producer Sclavos is making some of Greece's most
interesting wines. The Sclavos family had roots in Cephalonia but
moved to Ukraine, returning after the Russian revolution to plant
grapes in the Paliki peninsula. Currently, third generation vigneron
and trained agronomist Evriviadis Sclavos is farming 6 hectares, and
sources from another 4 hectares in Robola. Farming is biodynamic.
Soils are limestone in Robola, and clay/limestone with some
sandstone in Paliki. The wines are made naturally with low sulfites.
Sclavos Vino di Sasso Robola de Cephalonie 2015 Greece
From limestone soils. Amazing precision with a fresh acid
core and some richness of texture. It's linear and the acid is so
well integrated with the pear and table grape notes. Smoky and
mineral in the background, but also so generous. 94/100
Sclavos Synodos 2014 Slopes of Enos, Cephalonia, Greece
This is a red wine that's a blend of Mavrodaphne with a bit
of white grape Vostilidi. It's from ungrafted vines aged 40 years or
more. It is beautifully floral, ripe and sweet wth silky berry
fruits. Very smooth with some peppery detail and lovely finesse to
the ripe, lush fruits. 93/100
Sclavos Metagnition 2014 Slopes of Enos, Cephalonia, Greece
This is 100% Vostilidi. It's an orange colour with intense,
nutty, spicy flavours of grapes, pears, melons and whisky. Lovely
weight to this unusual, rich, textural wine. Some almonds, too.
Sclavos Metagnition 2015 Slopes of Enos, Cephalonia, Greece
Deep yellow/orange colour. Powerful, spicy and savoury with
intense characters of whisky, nuts, mandarins. Spicy and structured
with a distinctive character. 92/100
Sclavos Metagnition 2016 Slopes of Enos, Cephalonia, Greece
Fine, spicy and nutty with citrus fruit and amazing mineral
complexity. Has some citrus and sweet pear, too. A lovely linear
Sclavos Zakynthino 2015 Slopes of Enos, Cephalonia, Greece
Complex and powerful with lovely lemon and tangerine
fruit, but there's a hint of mousiness. Not rated.
Sclavos Zakynthino 2016 Slopes of Enos, Cephalonia, Greece
This 100% Zakynthino is lively and stony with intense
mineral character, and good structure. Mineral, spicy and vivid.
Intense and powerful. 93/100
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