God made only water, but man made wine
Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French Writer

ALPHA ESTATE WHITE 2009 – REGIONAL WINE OF FLORINA

ΚΤΗΜΑ ΑΛΦΑ ΛΕΥΚΟ 2009- ΤΟΠΙΚΟΣ ΟΙΝΟΣ ΦΛΩΡΙΝΑΣ

Variety Composition: Sauvignon Blanc 100%.

Location: “Children’s” & “Alpheta” sub-regions.

Region: Amyndeon plateau. Amyndeon viticulture zone.

Vineyard: 69ha of Linear, privately owned vineyard situated at an altitude of 620-710 m.

Soil: Sandy - sandy clay soil of excellent drainage.

Climate: Semi continental with important precipitations, many snowfalls during winters. Fresh, rather dry summers, with cool nights. Year long Northwestern winds. Absence of spring frost. Relatively cool year with absence of high temperatures during the growth period, resulting in a satisfactory long growth circle. These conditions, with sacrifice in quantity resulted in a high quality output, justifying the efforts undertaken in this difficult, but challenging year. The special advantages of the vineyards terroir, in such challenging years justify our selection of the vineyard location.

Harvest: Manual harvesting in small picking boxes. September 7th to 15th 2009.

Yield: 6.300 kg / ha, for the 2009 harvest, post to green harvest & selection.

Density of Plantation: 3.900 shoots / ha.

Vinification Method: Skin contact for 16 hours, controlled alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks with cooling jackets, maintenance of wine ‘’sur lies’’ for four months with regular stirring.

Analytical Data: Alcohol: 13% vol., Total acidity: 6,1 g/l., Residual sugar: 3,3 g/l., pH: 3,4.

Tasting Characteristics: 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.

Agronomist-Viticulture Experts: Dr Stefanos Koundouras.

Vine Grower: Makis Mavridis.

Wine Maker: Angelos Iatridis.