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2016 Xinomavro Vieilles Vignes Reserve, Alpha Estate

2016 Xinomavro Vieilles Vignes Reserve, Alpha Estate

Ref: ALPH160
Red  |  Still  |  13.5% ABV

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.

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Wine Details
Wine Details
ProducerProducer: Alpha Estate
AppellationAppellation: Amyndeon
Old or New WorldOld/New World: Old World
CountryCountry: Greece
RegionRegion: Macedonia
ColourColour: Red
StyleStyle: Still
ABV% ABV: 13.5%
Drink DatesDrink Dates: 2022-2032
MaturityMaturity: Ready to Drink
SweetnessSweetness: 1
Grape VarietyGrape Variety: Xinomavro
Tasting Notes
Tasting Notes

"From a single block called Barba Yannis at 647 m planted in 1919. Sandy clay and loam over limestone. Cold soak, fermented with yeasts isolated from the vineyard. 24 months on lees in untoasted French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. TA 6.8 g/l, pH 3.34, RS 2 g/l.
Mid ruby. Inviting aroma that still has plenty of red fruits and even a hint of cassis as well as the beginning of tertiary aromas such as a more savoury, dried-tomato note. Plenty of spice but the oak is not at all intrusive. Really fragrant as it opens in the glass. Excellent depth here so that the grippy but fine tannins are well matched by the fruit. There's a little bit of heat on the back palate but that is counteracted by the freshness. A long way to go. Doesn't seem to have quite the concentration of some vintages but its all in balance. Compact texture that needs time to unfurl and reveal the distinctive character of mature Xinomavro." Julia Harding MW

Sweetness Explained
Sweetness Explained


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Location Explained
Location Explained


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Pricing Information
Pricing Information


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