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Alpha Estate Pinot Noir Magnum, 2012

Now with considerable bottle age, showing the evolution of Alpha's clearly age worthy Pinot. Retaining fruit on the nose with deep wild mushrooms, truffle and forest floor aromas. The palate is awash with a melimelo of wild herbs, plump wild strawberries, spiced plums and a lovely kick of vanilla spice. The wine is not shy, and its medium body is refreshed by wonderful balancing acidity. Head from a butterflied barbequed leg of lamb or a garlic infused slow cooked shoulder. A wine for a special occasion!

Type: Dry Red
Varietal Composition: Pinot Noir 100%.
Region: PGI Florina, Amyndeon, Macedonia
Vinification: Destemming, light crushing, cold soak - skin contact, alcoholic fermentation by indigenous flora isolated from the specific block, at gradual increasing temperatures with “pigeage”, maintenance of wine “sur lies” for 8 months with regular stirring. 12 months in new Allie - Bertrange French oak casks, medium grain, white toasted and 12 months in bottle before release. No treatment or filtration before bottling.

Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans

Alpha Estate, Amyndeon, Macedonia

Alpha Estate was founded in 1997 by viticulturist Makis Mavridis and oenologist Angelos Iatridis, with the aim of producing world-class wines from estate-grown grapes. The Estate is located in Amyndeon, an appellation in Macedonia, northern Greece, which is recognised for its unique terroir and the quality of its wines. At an altitude of 620-710m, it is one of the coolest regions of Greece where considerable rainfall and winter snow provide vines with the necessary water to endure relatively dry summers. Additionally, two neighbouring lakes moderate the local climate, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly, in mild conditions. Poor soils with good drainage create a slight water deficit for the vines, resulting in small berries with intense colour, concentrated flavours and aromas. The 75 hectares of vineyards at Alpha Estate are entirely privately owned, a rarity in Greece, ensuring complete control of the vineyards, which are cultivated sustainably and with an absolute focus on quality. The vineyards include a very special, ungrafted Xinomavro parcel, planted in 1919, along with new plantings (from 1995 onwards) of both indigenous and international varieties, including Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Malagouzia, Pinot Noir, Negro Amaro, Montepulciano, Tannat, Barbera, Mavrodaphne, Merlot, Syrah and Xinomavro.

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