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Alpha Estate, Xinomavro, Amyndeo, 2014


This is a savoury red made from 90 year old vines with an enticing aroma of cooked plums and damson jam, lovely flavour concentration and a dry finish. 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.

SKU : 0ORO59

Categories: Wines, Red

Winemaking: The 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. The wine was bottled without fining and filtration. Vineyard: The Single Block Barba Yannis is named in honour of Mr Yannis, from whom the 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.

Country of Origin - Greece
Grapes Name - Zinfandel
Closure - Cap
Vintage - 2014
Oak - Mildly Oaked
Strength - 14.00%
Fermentation Type - Natural
Foods Match - Red Meat - Roast Lamb
Staff Favourite - Yes
Ethics - Vegetarian
Producer - Alpha Estate
Region - Macedonia, Amyndeo
Awards - Silver, DWWA, 2016; Highly Commended, Wine Merchant , 2018 92+Pts, Robert Parker, 2018

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