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