Alpha Estate Xinomavro Reserve Vieilles Vignes Single Block Barba Yannis 2019
The Alpha Estate Xinomavro Reserve Vieilles Vignes 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 and the vines are un-grafted, pre-phylloxera bush vines which are over 90 years old. After vinification the wine was maintained on its fine lees ("sur lie") for eighteen months with regular stirring. The wine matured in French oak for 24 months before being bottled without fining or filtration and then spent a further 12 months ageing in the bottle before release. 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.