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"The 2018 Malagouzia Turtles Vineyard is unoaked, very dry and comes in at 13.1% alcohol. I'm not entirely convinced Greece has gotten this potentially exciting grape to its full potential, but Alpha's is typically one of the best. When done right, including now, it is spicy, aromatic and wonderfully flavorful. Plus, the aromatics are enticing. It isn't one of those grapes like Sauvignon Blanc or Muscat (both of which I love, by the way) whose aromatics are as likely to turn folks off as on."
"Brilliantly, light yellow in color with greenish tints. Strong and lively nose, typical Malagouzia, suggesting rose petal with floral aromas and sweet spices, 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."
100% Malagouzia, an ancient grape varietal producing highly aromatic wines with a round and soft palate. The wines are from P.G.I. Florina in north-west Greece. The grapes are destemmed and fermented in stainless steel under temperature control and aged 2 months on the lees. This wine is produced from estate owned vineyards at 690 m elevation on northwest facing vineyards.
Region / Location / Vineyard:
Amyndeon plateau. Amyndeon viticulture zone. North-western Macedonia. "Turtles" sub-region. 670m altitude, with north-western exposure, facing mount Voras. 69ha of Linear, privately owned vineyard situated at an altitude of 620-710m.
Destemming, no crushing, cold soak - skin contact under controlled conditions, alcoholic fermentation at gradual increasing temperatures, maintenance of wine "sur lies" for two months with regular stirring.
Excellently married with green salads, baked vegetables, pasta, low fat fishes and a wide variety of Greek sea food "Meze".
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Alpha Estate is located in the heart of the Amyndeon, a wine region in the Northwest of Greece. The estate's vineyards cover 65 hectares situated on a plateau between 620 and 710 meters above sea level. The soil is sandy clay, ideal for water drainage.
Alpha Estate is presided over by Angelo Iatridis, considered by many to be Greece's most promising winemaker. Angelo cultivates international varieties as well as indigenous Greek varieties, and all the wines are elaborated in Alpha's state-of-the-art gravity-flow winery.
"This winery has been considered to be a "comer" for awhile. It's fair to end that talk. They have arrived and are making terrific wines. They have their own style and the Amyndeon terroir is somewhat different than Naoussa, they say, which is the signature appellation for Xinomavro in Greece. Taking that all together, Alpha's wines are more refined and accessible than some of the more rustic versions of Xinomavro."
-The Wine Advocate