Alpha Estate Hedgehog Vineyard Xinomavro 2011 Front Label
Alpha Estate Hedgehog Vineyard Xinomavro 2011 Front Label

Alpha Estate Hedgehog Vineyard Xinomavro 2011

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Bright purple-red color. Complex, typical bouquet of small berries red fruits, leather and spices (vanilla, pepper, clove), with hints of ripe blackberry. Full mouth, rounded tannins, balanced acidity and well integrated wood tones. Long aftertaste with intense quince aroma.

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The 2011 Xinomavro Hedgehog Vineyard was aged for 12 months in French oak (half new, half second use). It comes in at 14% alcohol. This is Alpha's high altitude, bargain-priced Xinomavro, and it is usually quite a bargain these days. Rather refined and showing off its balance and finesse on first taste, this then becomes more traditional Xinomavro. The acidity pops up and the astringency on the finish follows quickly. Yet, it's beautifully constructed overall and ultimately very well balanced. Thanks to the late release, this is certainly approachable now. I gave it some two hours of air as well, and it became very attractive and more harmonious. For all of its power and acidity, everything is controlled well. It has lovely, silky texture and a full feel in the mouth on opening, too. It is a perfect food wine, but if you give it another year or two I suspect it will even be better. It is very much still on the upswing. If you're looking for soft, sweet sippers, that is not going to be this wine. For fans of Nebbiolo (it does seem to lean just a bit more in that direction this year), this is another no-brainer purchase in Alpha's lineup. We'll see how this develops, but for the moment it is well worth leaning up.
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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.

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A picturesque Mediterranean nation with a rich wine culture dating back to ancient times, Greece has so much more to offer than just retsina. Between the mainland and the country’s many islands, a wealth of wine styles exists, made mostly from Greece’s plentiful indigenous varieties. After centuries of adversity after Ottoman rule, the modern wine industry took off in the late 20th century with an influx of newly trained winemakers and investments in winemaking technology.

The climate—generally hot Mediterranean—can vary a bit with latitude and elevation, and is mostly moderated by cool maritime breezes. Drought can be an issue during the long, dry summers, sometimes necessitating irrigation.

Over 300 indigenous grapes have been identified throughout Greece, and though not all of them are suitable for wine production, future decades will likely see a significant revival and refinement of many of these native varieties. Assyrtiko, the crisp, saline variety of the island of Santorini, is one of the most important and popular white varieties, alongside Roditis, Robola, Moschofilero, and Malagousia. Muscat is also widely grown for both sweet and dry wines. Prominent red varieties include full-bodied and fruity Agiorghitiko, native to Nemea; Macedonia’s savory, tannic Xinomavro; and Mavrodaphne, used commonly to produce a Port-like fortified wine in the Peloponnese.

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