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Alpha Estates Ximomavro Hedgehog Single Vineyard 2012
£97.15 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
Country - Greece
Region - Macedonia
Grape Varieties - Xinomavro 100%
Alcohol by volume - 14%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Alpha Estate
Tasting notes - A wonderful example of Xinomavro, with its complex, but typical bouquet of small berried red fruits, leather and pepper, clove and vanilla spice. Structured, with rounded tannins and a balancing acidity, this wine has well-integrated oak and quince on the finish.
Silver, DWWA, 2016
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A dry and tannic red displaying baked red fruits combined with sun dried tomatoes and savoury, earthy notes
Alpha Estate is located in Amyndeon, North West Greece. It is the brainchild of two visionaries, second generation vine grower Makis Mavridis and Bordeaux trained wine maker Angelos Iatrides. Angelos is one of the most talented winemakers working in Europe. This pristine estate in the cool highlands of Western Macedonia comprises 120 hectares of privately owned single block vineyards and employs the most up to date vineyard techniques and winemaking technology to produce world class wines from French and indigenous Greek varietals.
There are 69 hectares of privately owned vineyards, which are located on the Amyndeon plateau, in north western Macedonia in the Anyndeon viticulture zone. Grown in the sub region known as "Hedgehog", which is located at 690 metres above sea level and faces Lake Petron and Mount Voras. The soils are composed of sandy clay over limestone and have excellent drainage. Yields are approximately 36hl/ha and the vines are carefully managed, with a geeen harvest and meticulous selection of berries. The harvest takes place manually in 15kg capacity picking baskets.
The grapes were destemmed, prior to a light crushing and a cold soak with skin contact. The alcoholic fermentation took place at gradually increasing
temperatures. The wine was then maintained on its fine lees or "sur lie", for a period of approximately eight months with regular stirring. Maturation lasted for 12 months in Allier oak barrels of medium grain, with a light toasting, followed by 12 months bottle ageing.
A wonderful example of Xinomavro, with its complex, but typical bouquet of small berried red fruits, leather and pepper, clove and vanilla spice. Structured, with rounded tannins and a balancing acidity, this wine has well-integrated oak and quince on the finish.
Perfect match with juicy red barbecued meats, venison steak, rich stews and red peppers baked in olive oil.
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