Alpha Estate Hedgehog Single Vineyard Xinomavro 2012

Ktima Alpha
£15.95

Dry red wine. Aromas of leather, pepper, clove and spice entice you into a palate of fresh berries and cracked black pepper. This single vineyard Xinomavro is full bodied, structured and backed by silky tannins and a long finish. 75cl

Greek WinesRed WinesFull bodied 100% Xinomavro from Amyndeon, Greece. 14.0% ABV. Suitable for Vegetarians.

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Ktima Alpha

Ktima Alpha (or Alpha Estate) is the brain child of second generation viticulturist Makis Mavridis and Bordeaux trained winemaker Angelos Iatrides. These two Greek visionaries established the estate in Amyndeon, a sub-region of Macedonia in north west Greece.

Angelous Iatrides is widely regarded as one of Europe's most-talented winemakers, while Makis Mavridis looks after 120 hectares of privately-owned single block vineyards, employing the most up-to-date techniques and technologies. They produce a range of wine from both French and indigenous Greek varieties, particularly the delicious Xinomavro grape.

The vines are located around 690 metres above sea level and face Lake Petron and Mount Voras, all of which helps the vines ripen the grapes slowly so that optimal balance between acidity and fruit can be achieved. Most of Ktima Alpha's wines are oak-aged and matured on fine lees to add extra flavour.

Alpha Estate Hedgehog's Grapes

Xinomavro

Xinomavro is a grape variety indigenous to the north of Greece, most notably in Naousa. Its name translates into English as "sour black" after the variety's ability to retain good acidity despite also achieving excellent must weights, leading to full bodied, fruit-led but refreshing red wines. According to Jancis Robinson, the total area planted with Xinomavro vines in Greece is around 18km².

Food & Wine Matching

Enjoy this Xinomavro wine with red peppers baked in olive oil, topped with herby quinoa and crumbly feta.

Other serving suggestions include:

  • Juicy BBQ red meats.
  • Rich stews (try sausage stew with this wine).
  • Venison steak.
  • Somerset cheddar cheese.

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Accolades for Alpha Estate Single Vineyard Hedgehog Xinomavro

  • Silver, Decanter World Wine Awards 2016.

Amyndeon, Greece

Amyndeon (also known as Amynteo) is a plateau located in north-west Macedonia in Greece (not to be confused with the landlocked country Republic of Macedonia to the north). It sits just west of the famous PDO of Naousa where some of Greece's finest and most expensive red wines are produced.

The vineyards here are found between the mountains of Bermio and Voras, surrounded by four lakes including the large Vegoritis. They are also situated much higher in Amyndeon than they are in Naoussa, some 500-700m above sea level. They are almost all dominated with plantings of Xinomavro, which thrives in the mild, drier climate.

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