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

ALPHA ESTATE RED 2007 – REGIONAL WINE OF FLORINA

ΚΤΗΜΑ ΑΛΦΑ ΕΡΥΘΡΟ 2007- ΤΟΠΙΚΟΣ ΟΙΝΟΣ ΦΛΩΡΙΝΑΣ

The Alpha Estate Red 2007 received the Gold Metal in the International Competitions Decanter World Wine Awards and AWC Vienna.

Variety Composition: Syrah 60%, Xinomavro 20%, Merlot 20%.

Location: “Children’s” & “Horses” 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.

Harvest: Manual harvesting in small picking boxes.

Merlot: September 5th 2007.

Syrah: September 19th 2007.

Xinomavro: October 5th 2007.

Yield: 4.300 kg / ha, for the 2007 harvest, post to green harvest & selection.

Density of Plantation: 3.900 shoots / ha.

Vinification Method: Destemming, no crushing, cold soak– skin contact under controlled conditions, alcoholic fermentation at gradual increase temperatures, maintenance of wine “sur lie” for eight months with regular stirring.

Ageing: Thirteen months in Allie - Bertrange oak casks medium - light toast. No treatment or filtration before bottling, and twelve months in bottles.

Analytical Data: Alcohol: 14,5% vol., Total acidity: 6,2 g/l., Residual sugar: 3,3 g/l., pH: 3,53.

Tasting Characteristics: Deep ruby color with purple hints. Powerful, pungent aromas of sweet cherry, candied plum and toasty vanillin oak. Full bodied and deep in dark fruit flavours, with a peppery and strong oak spicy accents background. The solid tannins build through the finish but there is plenty of supporting depth of fruit here, not to mention a bright acid lift on the back that adds energy. A vin de Garde with a great future.

Agronomist-Viticulture Experts: Dr Stefanos Koundouras.

Vine Grower: Makis Mavridis.

Wine Maker: Angelos Iatridis