Alpha Estate, Xinomavro Single Vineyard Hedgehog 2012

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Greece

  • Region:

    Macedonia

  • Area:

    Amyndeo

  • ABV:

    14%

  • Grape:

    Xinomavro

  • Grape Blend:

    Xinomavro 100%

  • Winemaker:

    Angelos Iatridis

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Alpha Estate Xinomavro Single Vineyard Hedgehog 2012 - Wine

Tasting Notes

A wonderful example of Xinomavro, with its complex, but typical bouquet of small berried red fruits, leather and pepper, clove and vanilla spice. Structured, with rounded tannins and a balancing acidity, this wine has well-integrated oak and quince on the finish.

Production Notes

The grapes were destemmed, prior to a light crushing and a cold soak with skin contact. The alcoholic fermentation took place at gradually increasing temperatures. The wine was then maintained on its fine lees or "sur lie", for a period of approximately eight months with regular stirring. Maturation lasted for 12 months in Allier oak barrels of medium grain, with a light toasting, followed by 12 months bottle ageing.

Critics Reviews

JancisRobinson.com 17pts (2012) - Deep cherry red. Deliciously restrained dark-red fruit aroma with notes of inviting sour cherry. That same sour cherry on the palate, along with spice and chewy depths that need more time to release the fragrance of the fruit. Firm, dry tannins but fresh and super-tangy but dark-fruited on the finish. A baby but already showing very good harmony. Long, lightly spice finish, the oak well in the background. (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.