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Alpha Estate, Amyndeon, Reserve Old Vines Single Block Barba Yannis, Xinomavro 2017 (1x75cl)

Country: Greece
Region: Macedonia
Grape Variety: Xinomavro
Vegan: Yes
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 14.0%
Availability:2 in stock for same working day dispatch when ordered by 12pm
Further stock available in 5-10 days
Product Code: GRMA0004B17S
£21.25

Awarded 17.5+ points (of 20) on Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (www.JancisRobinson.com) - reviewer Julia Harding MW - in June 2021 (see blue link below).

Alpha Estate, Amyndeon, Reserve Old Vines Single Block Barba Yannis, Xinomavro 2017 - jancisrobinson.com June 2021 review

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.

The Single Block Barba Yannis is named in honour of Mr Yannis, from whom the single 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.

The Xinomavro (pronounced Ksee no' ma vro) 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 AllierBertrange French oak casks of medium grain, for 24 months, with a minimum of a further 12 months ageing in the bottle prior to release. The wine was bottled without fining and filtration.

100% Xinomavro.

A complex and typical Xinomavro, showing aromas of ripe red berries, 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.