Alpha Estate, Xinomavro Reserve Vielles Vignes Barba Yannis 2015

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Greece

  • Region:

    Macedonia

  • Area:

    Amyndeo

  • ABV:

    13.50%

  • Grape:

    Xinomavro

  • Grape Blend:

    Xinomavro 100%

  • Winemaker:

    Angelos Iatridis

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Alpha Estate Xinomavro Reserve Vielles Vignes Barba Yannis 2015 - Wine

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.

Production Notes

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.

Critics Reviews

JancisRobinson.com 18pts (2015) - Mid to deep ruby. Inviting and classic Xinomavro aromas of red fruit, dried tomato, olive and spice and still so much fruit. Firm and dry and mouth-watering. A terrific example of the intensity and incipient complexity of this wine, which is powerful but still beautifully fresh. Benchmark Xinomavro, the tannins starting to be smoothed thanks to the oak but not overt oak flavours. Intense, long and deeply satisfying even though it is just a baby. This may not be Alpha's icon wine but it is my favourite. (JH)

Producer Profile

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.