Alpha Estate Red PGI Florina Macedonia 2013
One Case ( 6 Bottles ): £118.02
Country - Greece
Region - Macedonia
Grape Varieties - Syrah 60%, Merlot 20%, Xinomavro 20%
Alcohol by volume - 14.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Alpha Estate
Tasting notes - Powerful, pungent aromas of sweet cherry, candied plum and toasty vanilla oak lead to a full bodied palate of dark fruits, with peppery, spicy accents in the background. The solid tannins build through the finish but there is plenty of supporting depth of fruit here, not to mention a bright acid lift on the back that adds energy.
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Layers of dark chocolate and ripe fruits, beautifully textured and muscular through to a long and full flavoured finish.
Alpha Estate is located in Amyndeo, 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.
The grapes are grown on the Amyndeon plateau and comprise 85 hectares of linear, privately owned vineyard situated at an altitude of 620 to 710 metres above sea level. The vines are planted at a density of 3,700 plants per hectare and yield 30 hectolitres per hectare. The soils are made up of sandy clay with excellent drainage. Here the climate is semi-continental, often with snowfall during the winter months and north westerly winds all year round. There is a marked absence of spring frosts and fresh, rather than dry summers, with cool nights. Vinegrower Makis Mavridis oversees the cultivation of the vines to the highest standards. The Syrah, Merlot and Xinomavro (pronounced Ksee- NOH-mav-roe ) are harvested at optimal ripeness.
The grapes were destemmed, without crushing and underwent a cold maceration with skin contact under controlled conditions. Alcoholic fermentation took place at gradually increasing temperatures, the wine was then maintained "sur lie" for eight months with regular stirring. The wine underwent a minimum of twelve months ageing in Alliers - Bertrange oak casks with medium to light toast. The wine saw no treatment or filtration before bottling and spent 12 months in bottle.
Powerful, pungent aromas of sweet cherry, candied plum and toasty vanilla oak lead to a full bodied palate of dark fruits, with peppery, spicy accents in the background. The solid tannins build through the finish but there is plenty of supporting depth of fruit here, not to mention a bright acid lift on the back that adds energy.
This wine pairs harmoniously with juicy red meats, barbequed venison marianated with spice or as an accompaniment to aromatic and piquant cheeses.
Syrah 60%, Merlot 20%, Xinomavro 20%
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