Alpha Estate Axia Red 2015
Splendid, purple red color. Complex, typical bouquet of spices (vanilla, pepper, clove), with hints of ripe blackberry. Full mouth, with vanilla aroma, rounded tannins, balanced acidity and wood tones. Long finish with intense quince aroma.
Blend: 50% Xinomavro and 50% Syrah.
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The 2015 Axia red is the typical and equal blend of Syrah and Xinomavro, aged for 12 months in an equal mixture of new and second use French oak. It comes in at 13.36% alcohol. Silky in texture, this is very crisp this year, showing off its Amyndeon acidity. It is a classic food wine. This is not overly concentrated, but it is pretty intense and filled with flavor, the Syrah controlling the conversation just now. The fruit shines through, lifted and nicely defined. It finishes a little tart, but the textured finish is also very caressing in its way. The structure this year seems to be a bit better than the fruit, but the fruit is emphasized as it is slammed into the palate by the acidity. There's a backbone too. Overall, this is pretty intense for the price point, not necessarily the one you pick today to drink tonight. Yet, with about two hours of air, it did start coming around pretty well. It could benefit from another year or two in the cellar. It should hold well.
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.