Alpha Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Sauvignon Blanc from Greece
Brilliantly, light yellow in color with greenish tints. Strong and lively nose, typical Sauvignon Blanc, suggesting gooseberry, passion fruits, melon, litchi with a note of honeysuckle. Round and mellow on the palate, fat but balanced, high in alcohol with plenty of finesse, well structured, reminding the nose aromas with a hint of rosemary. A richly textured wine with superb length and balance. A classy wine with long finish and persistent aromas.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is tank fermented, from Alpha's vines in the "Children" and "Alpheta" sub-regions of the Amyndeon plateau at 620-710 meters, aged sur lie. This is just lovely. I've often admired Greek Sauv Blancs—one of the international grapes the country tends to get right—but this is one of the better ones for sure, perhaps even better than last year's. Showing fine purity of fruit and quite clearly being Sauvignon Blanc, this is well integrated and well balanced, yet persistent and flavorful on the finish. However long this holds in theory, noting that this has good acidity and rather fine concentration for the grape, you will do yourself and the wine a favor by drinking it young and fresh, rather than viewing it as a cellar selection."
Alpha Estate Winery
Alpha Estate is a winery located in the depths of Amyndeon's finest pastures. Alpha represents the "new beginning", the "birth" of a new era in the world of Greek wine. Makis Mavridis, a third generation skilled grapegrower, and Angelos Iatridis, the winemaker, educated in Bordeaux, trained in France, Italy and Greece and ''good father'' to many international well known Greek wines, planted a 65ha vineyard in the Amyndeon region in the late 1990's.
The creation of a privately owned estate vineyard was an enormous and pioneering investment at the time, which signalled the birth of pilot-structured vinicultural exploitation. Our on-going mission is to make wines that bring out the true characteristics of the region they originate from, wines that can reveal the characteristics of the soil, the climate and the typicity of the grape varieties they are made from.
Contribution of the human factor is indispensable to achieve our final goal, which is the production of grapes of the highest quality potential. The wines produced from such grapes are powerful and complex, displaying an intense fruity flavour and excellent balance. The company devotes a tremendous effort in improving the quality of its wines, through carefully planed investments and research programs, in collaboration with many research institutes. The success of these programs allows the company to evaluate permanently the quality and the character of its wine from one "vintage" to the next. View all Alpha Estate Wines
Much of the wine drinking culture in Europe comes from the early Greek settlers. Home to Dionysus, the God of Wine, Greece has long touted the virtues of drinking wine. With over 400 indigenous varieties, you won't find many Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines, although the grapes do grow here and are occasionally blended. The climate of Greece is good for growing grapes, with very warm summers and little rainfall. Most wines exported today are owned by bigger companies, like Boutari and Kourtakis. Smaller wineries are producing higher quality wine, but much of it is drunk in Greece.
The regions of Greece might remind you of reading Homer or studying ancient history. The two main larger grape-growing regions are Macedonia and Peloponnese. Some of the regional grapes to know include the whites, Assyrtico and Moscofilero as well as the reds, Agiorgitiko and Xynomavro. In the Peloponnese, there are a few sub-regions making white wines from the pink-skinned Moscofilero grape. These wines are aromatic, dry and a bit spicy in flavor. The most popular red of Peloponnese is Agiorgitiko, which can make both dry and sweet, port-like wines. Xynomavro is the red grape of Macedonia, where it produced deep, dense, earthy red wines that are often oak-aged.
Notable FactsThe regions of Greece might remind you of reading Homer or studying ancient history. The two main larger grape-growing regions are Macedonia and Peloponnese. Some of the regional grapes to know include the whites, Assyrtico and Moscofilero as well as the reds, Agiorgitiko and Xynomavro. In the Peloponnese, there are a few sub-regions making white wines from the pink-skinned Moscofilero grape. These wines are aromatic, dry and a bit spicy in flavor. The most popular red of Peloponnese is Agiorgitiko, which can make both dry and sweet, port-like wines. Xynomavro is the red grape of Macedonia, where it produced deep, dense, earthy red wines that are often oak-aged.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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