Producer: Alpha Estate
Wine region: Florina
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol percentage: 14.5% vol
Unit Quantity: 750ml
Wine maker’s notes
Vinification Method / Ageing:
Destemming, light crushing, cold soak – skin contact, alcoholic fermentation by indigenous flora isolated from the specific block, at gradual increasing temperatures with “pigeage”, maintenance of wine “sur lies” for 8 months with regular stirring. 12 months in new Allie – Bertrange French oak casks, medium-grain, white toasted, and 12 months in bottle before release. No treatment or filtration before bottling.
Meticulous care in the vineyard and a gentle touch in the winery resulted in ALPHA’s PINOT NOIR. A wine of great intensity, balance, and structure. Depth and concentration balanced by the fresh acidity and minerality that are typical of the site. Influenced by new oak, their subdued, alluring aromas, characterized from wild cherries aromas, with hints of spiced black plums, raspberries, and cocoa seduce the educated palate, as does the vibrant acidity.
Well paired with all white meats, from chicken to turkey and hare, grilled or cooked in fine sauces. Pork fillet and feathered game.
Best served at 16-18ο C. (60,8-64,4 ο F).
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About Alpha Estate
ALPHA Estate is located in the northwest part of Greece, the Amyndeon, Florina region. Alpha Estate was founded in 1997 by the experienced viticulturist Makis Mavridis and chemist-oenologist Angelos Iatridis, who, after years of experience in various locations of Greece, chose the Amyndeon region to create his own wine.
About the vineyard
The privately-owned vineyard of the estate is situated on a plateau at an altitude of 620-710 m with a northwest exposure, covering a total area of 180 ha. The local climate is characterized by cold winters with sufficient rainfall and snow which provide the vines with the necessary water supplies to endure the relatively dry summer. Additionally, two neighboring lakes contribute to the existence of a mild semi-continental climate, favoring the cultivation of foreign and indigenous, red and white grape varieties. The sandy-clay texture of the soil, assuring ideal drainage of the rainwater, the favorable climatic conditions during maturation and harvest periods, and finally, the appropriate viticultural practices contribute to a complete fruit ripening thus offering the possibility of producing wines of exquisite quality and rich aromas. The density of the plantation is 3900 vines/ha and the yields do not exceed 4000 kg of grapes per hectare (250hl/ha). In order to avoid extreme water deficits during summer, “root zone drying irrigation” is applied to assure the optimum conditions for the maturation of grapes. As the vines became old enough (green harvest procedure was applied on the third and fourth year of each parcelle-variety) the grapes from the vineyard were used exclusively for the core blend of a typical Vin de Garde of VQPRD Amyndeon (ALPHA XINOMAVRO). Today, a popular blend of Syrah/Merlot with ungrafted Xinomavro is the estate’s red flagship (ALPHA ESTATE RED), while a classic barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc (ALPHA ESTATE WHITE) and several other wines of limited production (ALPHA SYRAH, ALPHA PINOT NOIR, ALPHA ONE,ΩMEGA) complete the estate’s varietal portfolio. The wedding of an ancient local variety with a noble international one arose not only by the demands of modern markets but also by the spirit of progress that distinguishes Angelos Iatridis’ winemaking. Alpha Estate’s vineyard consists of the following varieties: Xinomavro, Mavrodapnhe, Syrah, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Tannat, Montepulciano, Negro Amaro, Barbera, Malagouzia, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay & Gewürztraminer.