Alpha Estate Amyndeo Reserve Vielles Vignes Single Block Barba Yannis Xinomavro 2016

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Alpha Estate Amyndeo Reserve Vielles Vignes Single Block Barba Yannis Xinomavro 2016

Country - Greece

Region - Macedonia

Grape Varieties - Xinomavro 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Alpha Estate

Tasting notes - A complex and typical Xinomavro (pronounced Ksee no' ma vro), showing aromas of smoky black fruits, strawberries, dark cherries, liquorice, sundried tomatoes, and delicate spice. Full bodied and structured on the palate, with a rich depth of fruit, concentrated savoury notes and a touch of oak. The velvety tannins lead through to a persistent and aromatic finish.

Awards

93 Pts, Robert Parker , 2019

Alpha Estate Amyndeo Reserve Vielles Vignes Single Block Barba Yannis Xinomavro 2016

This is a savoury red made from 90 year old vines with
an enticing aroma of raspberries and sun dried
tomatoes combined with liquorice and wild herbs, lovely
flavour concentration and a dry finish.


Producer Note
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.


Vintage
Winter was cold, but without extreme temperatures. Spring rains replenished the soil
water reserves, facilitating spring vine growth. A dry summer followed with 65
consecutive days of no rainfall, resulting in moderate water deficit, which in turn
produced smaller berries resulting in slightly lower yields. However, high diurnal
temperature variation provided ideal conditions for ripeness evolution. The 2016
Xinomavro harvest took place two week’s earlier than average, delivering excellent
phenolic and aromatic ripeness.


Vineyard
The Single Block Barba Yannis is named in honour of Mr Yannis, from whom the single
block was purchased in 1994. The vineyard is located in Amyndeo, in the region of
Macedonia. The vines are ungrafted, pre-phylloxera bush vines which are over 90
years old. The summers are hot, so in order to avoid extreme water deficit, a "root
zone drying irrigation" is used, to ensure the optimum conditions for the nourishment
and maturation of the grapes. The vines are grown in sandy clay soils.


Winemaking
The Xinomavro (pronounced Ksee no' ma vro) grapes were destemmed, lightly
crushed and cold soaked with skin contact. Fermentation took place using an
indigenous yeast strain which has been isolated from this specific block. The grapes
were vinified at gradually increasing temperatures, before being maintained "sur lie"
or on its fine lees, for eighteen months with regular stirring. Maturation took place in
Allier-Bertrange French oak casks of medium grain, for 24 months, with a minimum of
a further 12 months ageing in the bottle prior to release. The wine was bottled
without fining and filtration.


Tasting Note
A complex and typical Xinomavro, showing aromas of ripe red berries, strawberries,
dark cherries, liquorice, sundried tomatoes and delicate spice. Full bodied and
structured on the palate, with a rich depth of fruit, concentrated savoury notes and
a touch of oak. The velvety tannins lead through to a persistent and aromatic finish.


Grape
Xinomavro 100%

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Bottles Per Case 6
Call for Price No
Vintage 2016
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