Alpha Estate 2017 Xinomavro Reserve Vielles Vignes 'Barba Yannis'Regular price £21.95
Alpha Estate make a wide range of quality wines, but the best for us is this old vine Xinomavro. It comes from a single 3.7 hectare vineyard called Bara Yannis, which was planted ungrafted in 1919 on the Amyndeon Plateau. This old vine fruit yields a naturally powerful wine which is capable of gaining enormous complexity with long bottle ageing. A classic.
Mid ruby. Inviting and complex aroma that is so clearly Xinomavro – the untoasted oak is chosen to soften the grape-derived tannins but not add oak flavour. The aroma is similar to that of the Hedgehog Xinomavro 2018 just tasted but also more subtle and elegant, fresher and more piercing. There's sweet red fruit and a herbal lift, as well as a lightly leathery, dried-cherry note. Still relatively primary. A powerful and remarkably fresh wine in the mouth. Intense, chewy and attention-grabbing without being overly heavy or rich. Structured, very dry but not drying tannins. Nowhere near ready to drink, nowhere near attaining its potential for complexity, even though it's balanced. Masses of potential. The aromas already seductive.
17.5+ pointsJulia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, 17/03/2021