Alpha Estate Hedgehog Single Vineyard Xinomavro 2012, Greece
Silky, mature red wine balancing fresh blackberries, cracked black pepper and clove spice.
Silver, Decanter World Wine Awards. This red wine is made from the delicious indigenous Greek grape variety, Xinomavro (pronounced Ksee-NOH-mav-roe), harvested from a single vineyard on the Amyndeon plateau in north-west Macedonia, Greece. Here the grapes enjoy a slow-ripening season at 690m above sea level with the vineyard facing Lake Petron and Mt. Voras. Cool air circulates over sandy clay and limestone soils and the harvest is very selective. The wine is left on lees for 8 months before a year's maturation in Allier oak barrel and a final year in bottle. The result is a full bodied, structured red wine backed by silky tannins and a long finish.
You'll like this if you like... Barolo or savoury Rhone-style red wines and cosying up by the fireplace.
Pairs beautifully with: Venison steak, cheeseburger, juicy BBQ meats or a rich steak chunk stew.
Cheese pairing: Somerset cheddar or cave-aged Gruyere.
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