Alpha Estate was founded in 1997 by the viticulturist Makis Mavridis and chemist-oenologist Angelos Iatridis who, after years of experience in various locations of Greece, chose the Amyndeon region in north-west Greece to create their own wine.
The privately owned vineyard of the estate is situated on a plateau at an altitude of 620-710 m with a northwest exposure, covering a total area of 180 ha. The local climate is characterized by cold winters with sufficient rainfall and snow which provide the vines with the necessary water supplies to endure the relatively dry summer.
Case of 6 Bottles
price shown is duty paid
price shown is duty paid
"Single vineyard called Barba Yannis, 3.71 ha, on Amyndeon plateau, 40°40'45.88"N, 21°41'35.93"E, at 647 m/2,128 ft, north-western exposure, facing mount Vora. Planted ungrafted in 1919. Hand-harvested. Destemming, light crushing, cold soak – skin contact, alcoholic fermentation by indigenous flora isolated from the specific block, at gradually increasing temperatures, on lees for 24 months with regular stirring. 24 months in new French oak casks, medium grain, white-toasted and 12 months in bottle before release. No treatment or filtration before bottling. TA 7.48 g/l, pH 3.15, RS 1.8 g/l.
Mid ruby. Inviting and complex aroma that is so clearly Xinomavro – the untoasted oak is chosen to soften the grape-derived tannins but not add oak flavour. The aroma is similar to that of the Hedgehog Xinomavro 2018 just tasted but also more subtle and elegant, fresher and more piercing. There's sweet red fruit and a herbal lift, as well as a lightly leathery, dried-cherry note. Still relatively primary. A powerful and remarkably fresh wine in the mouth. Intense, chewy and attention-grabbing without being overly heavy or rich. Structured, very dry but not drying tannins. Nowhere near ready to drink, nowhere near attaining its potential for complexity, even though it's balanced. Masses of potential. The aromas already seductive." Julia Harding MW
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