2014 Alpha-Estate 'Red', Syrah-Merlot-Xinomavro, Amynteo

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Still Dry Red Wine, Syrah 60% - Merlot 20% - Xinomavro 20%, PGI Florina, Full-bodied, Savory and Classic, 12 months in barrel, Vintage 2014, Alc.14.5% by Vol., Ageing potential: Over 10 years, Production: 45.000 bottles, Bottle Size: 750ml, Closure type: Natural Cork.
Awards-Tasting reviews:
2017, 91 pts, Decanter WWA UK, Vintage 2014.
2017, 90 pts, Decanter AWA, Vintage 2014.
2016, 88 pts, Decanter WWA UK, Vintage 2012.
Deep ruby colour with purple hints. A super-ripe, fruit-forward and expressive wine of high concentration with a herbaceous and oaky bouquet. Its dry tannins will richly repay cellaring. 
Food pairing:
Juicy red meats, venison, meat pies, hard cheeses.
Served at 16 - 18 °C.
The wine growing region of Amynteo, Northwestern Greece. 'Children’s & Horses' sub-region.
Altitude: 620-710m. Soil: sandy clay.
Harvest: September.
Yield: 35-40 hl/ha.
Age of vines: 30 years.
Agriculture: Mild.
Destemming, light crushing, cold soak - skin contact, alcoholic fermentation at gradual increase temperatures, maintenance of wine 'sur lie' for seven months with regular stirring. 12 months in Allie oak casks, medium to light toast, further ageing for 12 months in bottle. No treatment or filtration before bottling.
Acidity: 5.6 g/L TA, pH: 3.50, Residual sugar: 2.4 g/L.