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. 93/100

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 wine. 93/100

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


Sclavos, Cephalonia
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Wines tasted 05/17

Article published December 2018

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