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Alpha Estate Xinomavro Reserve Vieilles Vignes Single Block ''Barba Yannis'' Amyndeon 2019


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.


The Single Block Barba Yannis is named in honour of Mr Yannis, from whom the single block of 3.71 hectares was purchased in 1994. The estate vineyard is located in the Amyndeon PDO in the region of Macedonia and is situated at an altitude of 620 to 710m above sea level. The vines are 100% ungrafted, pre-phylloxera Gobelet (bush) vines, which are over 90 years old.  The soil is sandy clay over
limestone soils, which provide excellent drainage.


The Xinomavro grapes were destemmed, lightly crushed and cold-soaked with skin contact. Fermentation took place using an indigenous yeast strain which has been isolated from the specific block. The grapes
were vinified at gradually increasing temperatures before resting on its fine lees for 18 months with regular stirring. Maturation took place in Allier-Jupille French oak casks of medium grain, for 24 months, with a minimum of a further 12 months ageing in the bottle prior to release. Bottled without fining and filtration.

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