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Alpha Estate, Amyndeo, Vielles Vignes Single Block Barba Yannis, Xinomavro Reserve 2015 (1x75cl)

Alpha Estate is located in Amyndeo, North West Greece. It is the brainchild of two visionaries, second generation vine grower Makis Mavridis and Bordeaux trained wine maker Angelos Iatrides. Angelos is one of the most talented winemakers working in Europe. This pristine estate in the cool highlands of Western Macedonia comprises 120 hectares of privately owned single block vineyards and employs the most up to date vineyard techniques and winemaking technology to produce world class wines from French and indigenous Greek varietals.

The Single Block Barba Yannis is named in honour of Mr Yannis, from whom the block was purchased in 1994. The vineyard is located in Amyndeo, in the region of Macedonia. The vines are ungrafted, pre-phylloxera bush vines which are over 90 years old. The summers are hot, so in order to avoid extreme water deficit, a "root zone drying irrigation" is used, to ensure the optimum conditions for the nourishment and maturation of the grapes. The vines are grown in sandy clay soils.

The grapes were destemmed, lightly crushed and cold soaked with skin contact. Fermentation took place using an indigenous yeast strain which has been isolated from this specific block. The grapes were vinified at gradually increasing temperatures, before being maintained "sur lie" or on its fine lees, for eighteen months with regular stirring. Maturation took place in Allier-Bertrange French oak casks of medium grain, for 24 months, with a minimum of a further 12 months ageing in the bottle. The wine was bottled without fining and filtration.

This wine is made using Xinomavro 100%.

A complex and typical Xinomavro (pronounced Ksee no' ma vro), showing aromas of smoky black fruits, 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. Serving Suggestion A perfect match with juicy red barbecued meats, roasted lamb, spicy sausage and red peppers baked in olive oil.

£19.65

Assyrtiko, Ktima Kir-Yianni 2018 (1x75cl)

Kir-Yianni was founded in 1997 by Yiannis Boutaris, one of the leading figures in the Greek wine industry, when he left the Boutari Wine Group, the premium family wine company that his grandfather established in 1879. Today, Stellios Boutaris, a member of the fifth generation of winemakers, leads Kir-Yianni into the next phase of its history, by dynamically exploring the cornerstones of the Kir-Yianni philosophy: the desire for innovation, respect for tradition and using his knowledge of the wine, from the grape to the end consumer.

The vineyard lies at an altitude of 700 meters within the viticultural zone of Agios Panteleimon, in the Amyndeon Appelation in Northwestern Greece. The vineyard’s mean yield does not exceed 40 hl/he. The soil is sandy and poor, thus offering the possibility of producing wines of exquisite quality and rich aromas. The microclimate of the region is characterised by cold winters and warm summers, while the four neighbouring lakes contribute to the creation of a mild continental climate. This Assyrtiko is produced from young vines that are between 6-8 years-old.

The grapes are cold soaked in order to maximize the extraction of aroma precursors into the must. Following racking, the must is inocculated with selected yeasts. After the end of the fermentation, the wine matures for a period of 4-5 months on fine lees, thus gaining more volume and complexity.

This wine is 100% Assyrtiko.

On the nose the wine displays aromas of white fruits and flowers. On the palate, the citrus acidity balances with the warm alcohol and the round mouthfeel of the wine, and finishes with a lingering aftertaste. This is a fine Assyrtiko wine with an intense character produced from young vines growing on the mountainous vineyards of Amyndeon. Intense, with refreshing acidity and firm structure, Assyrtiko is a wine ideal for pairing with a variety of foods including fish fillet roasted or poached, fried cod, oven-roasted stuffed squid, pasta in white sauce and white cheeses. 

£12.60

Diaporos Single Vineyard Xinomavro, Ktima Kir-Yianni 2015 (1x 75cl)

Kir-Yianni was founded in 1997 by Yiannis Boutaris, one of the leading figures in the Greek wine industry, when he left the Boutari Wine Group, the premium family wine company that his grandfather established in 1879. Today, Stellios Boutaris, a member of the fifth generation of winemakers, leads Kir-Yianni into the next phase of its history, by dynamically exploring the cornerstones of the Kir-Yianni philosophy: the desire for innovation, respect for tradition and using his knowledge of the wine, from the grape to the end consumer.

See/click the link below for an excellent data sheet from the winemakers themselves.

Diaporos Single Vineyard Xinomavro, Ktima Kir-Yianni 2015 - fiche technique

Deep red color with purple hues. The nose shows a complex aromatic character composed of successive layers of vanilla and chocolate notes from oak maturation, plus strawberry aromas typical of a young Xinomavro enhanced with floral hints of violet. The intense acidity adds zing to the rich, concentrated body, while the flavour intensity and the robust structure of the wine are a promise of a long ageing potential.

£27.45

Kali Riza Xinomavro Vieilles Vignes, Ktima Kir-Yianni 2016 (1x 75cl)

See/click the link below for an excellent data sheet from the winemakers themselves.

Kali Riza Xinomavro Vieilles Vignes, Ktima Kir-Yianni 2016 - fiche technique

Bright red colour, fruity aromas, rich and complex character on the palate, refreshing acidity, lingering aftertaste. Intense aromas of wild strawberry and cherry entwine with ne herbal hints, while on the palate the pronounced freshness balances with the ample body, offering a wine ready to be enjoyed now, but also suited for long time aging. Pairs ideally with meat cooked in red sauce, wild mushroom risotto, stuffed peppers with cheese or ground beef, meat pies, grilled cheese Red with bronze hues, a colour typical for the Xinomavro sourced from Amyndeon.

£15.00

Ktima Gerovassiliou Avaton 2016 (1x75cl)

The 2015 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2018 edition panel tasting of Greek reds (see blue link below). The 2014 vintage is the currently-available release from the UK importer, and we offer this.

Ktima Gerovassiliou Avaton 2015 - August 2018 Decanter review

Ktima Gerovassiliou is the brainchild of Evangelos Gerovassiliou. He initiated the revival of the family vineyard by planting the nearly extinct Malagousia in 1981. This state of the art winery is now surrounded by 74 hectares of meticulously well cared vineyards on the slopes of Epanomi. Ktima Gerovassiliou guarantees consistent, high quality wines of international acclaim every year and his Malagousia remains the benchmark to this day.

At Ktima Gerovassiliou, the single, private 74 hectare vineyard is cultivated with great care and enthusiasm, which leads to constant research and experimentation with Greek and international varieties. New technological advances blend well with tradition throughout the vine growing and vinification processes to produce high quality wines that carry all the distinct characteristics of the terroir of Epanomi. The climate in the region of Epanomi is Mediterranean with mild winters and hot summers, tempered by sea breezes. The vineyard is surrounded on three sides by the sea, which is three kilometres away, while its west side faces the Thermaic Gulf, Mount Olympus and the beaches of Pieria. The vines are grown in soils which are mainly sandy with a few clayey substrates and calcareous rocks. It is rich in sea fossils, as the surrounding hilly area was formed by sea deposits.

This wine is made using Limnio 60%, Mavrotragano 20%, Mavroudi 20%.

The Limnio (pronounced LIM-neeo), Mavrotragano (Mavro-TRAH-gano) and Mavroudi (Mav-ROO-dee) grapes were each fermented in small oak casks of 40 hectolitres. The wine went through malolactic fermentation before being aged in French oak barrels for a period of 18 months.

A luscious blend of three Greek indigenous varietals, where ripe dark fruits combine with notes of raisin, coffee, cacao and a hint of spice. Perfumed and polished, this smooth, medium bodied wine delivers sweet and sour notes of black plum, with depth and spice leading to a dry finish. Totally unique. A versatile red which accompanies hearty stews, savoury dishes and full-flavoured game dishes.

£18.75

Ramnista Xinomavro PDO Naoussa, Ktima Kir-Yianni 2015 (1x 75cl)

See/click the link below for an excellent data sheet from the winemakers themselves.

Ramnista Xinomavro PDO Naoussa, Ktima Kir-Yianni 2016 - fiche technique

Aromas of strawberry, cherry and rose petals, combined with spicy notes, tomato, olive tapenade, tobacco box, sweet spices and vanilla. The wine’s aromatic power and structure reveal strong character and great ageing potential. A typical expression of a Naoussa Xinomavro that will benefit from some time of decanting so that it reveals its full complexity.

£17.90

Tarsanas Single Vineyard Assyrtiko, Ktima Kir-Yianni 2017 (1x 75cl)

Kir-Yianni was founded in 1997 by Yiannis Boutaris, one of the leading figures in the Greek wine industry, when he left the Boutari Wine Group, the premium family wine company that his grandfather established in 1879. Today, Stellios Boutaris, a member of the fifth generation of winemakers, leads Kir-Yianni into the next phase of its history, by dynamically exploring the cornerstones of the Kir-Yianni philosophy: the desire for innovation, respect for tradition and using his knowledge of the wine, from the grape to the end consumer.

The grapes are sourced from the viticultural zone of Agios Panteleimon within the Amyndeon appellation in Florina, Northwestern Greece. The high altitude of the Vineyard (700m) and the poor sandy soils of the area lead to low vineyard yields (about 60 hl/ha) and slow ripening that results in a rare aromatic intensity especially for white grape varieties. Thanks to the four surrounding lakes that act as a buffer zone, the vines experience more temperate weather conditions than expected.

The grapes are picked at a high level of ripeness. Once at the winery, the fruit passes through a stage of pre- fermentation cold soak, a process that helps the extraction of more aromatic compounds from the skins and contributes to the creation of intensely wines. After settling, the must is inoculated with selected yeasts for the onset of fermentation, which is carried out in new 228-lt oak barrels. After the end of the fermentation, the wine remains in the barrels to mature for 8 months. The frequent batonnage applied during the whole maturation period helps to shape the rich character of the final wine.

The nose is dominated by aromas of apple, pear and citrus fruits, with a refreshing character. On the palate, the cold climate adds structure and crispness, with a little touch of salty minerality, supporting the soft flavours coming from the oak barrels. A complex, textured wine with a very long finish.

£23.95
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