Alpha Estate Axia Red Xinomavro/Syrah  2010 750ml
SKU 753889

Alpha Estate Axia Red Xinomavro/Syrah 2010

Alpha Estate - Amyndeon - Greece

Professional Wine Reviews for Alpha Estate Axia Red Xinomavro/Syrah 2010

Rated 91 by Robert Parker
The 2010 Syrah – Xinomavro Axia is from high altitude vines in the “Petres” and “Dromos” sub-regions of the Amyndeon Plateau. It was aged for 12 months in medium- to light- toast French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. This has increasingly been the nicest value point in the red lineup. This may be its best iteration yet, if you are a fan of bright and earthy wines. Call it a poor man’s Barbaresco. From the first sip, it projects an earthy nose (the Syrah ascendant), ending with a crisp, mouthwatering and focused finish (credit the Xinomavro). Once past the nose, the Xinomavro seems quite dominant here, given the wine’s...
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Winery: Alpha Estate

Vintage: 2010

2010 saw extremely high quality viticulture in many parts of the world, with an exceptionally long and hot summer providing huge benefits for wineries across many countries, especially in the southern hemisphere. The northern hemisphere and Europe saw something of a cooler summer and flowering period, but this was by no means as disastrous as it could have been. France, especially, had a fantastic year in 2010, with the world renowned Burgundy region proclaiming that their white wines of this year are ones to look out for, and despite yields being relatively small across much of the country, the quality was exceptionally high. Spain, too, received some cooler weather, but Rioja and the rest of central Spain are hailing 2010 as a very good year indeed, again as a result of smaller, finer yields. California also received similar climatic conditions, but again, wineries are highly positive about the overall effect this had on their produce, as the slightly challenging conditions resulted in smaller yields of much elegance and distinction. 2010 was really Australia's year, and in South Australia and across the Mornington Peninsula, Chardonnay vines produced good yields with a lower sugar level than in previous years. As such, the majority of South Australian white wines from 2010 are superb, and packed full of character. Shiraz also had a great year, and most Australian wineries have been proclaiming 2010 one of the great vintages. Both the Argentinian and Chilean wine industries benefited from some ideal climatic conditions this year, and are reportedly ecstatically pleased with the fact that their 2010 wines ended up with lower alcohol levels, and were beautifully balanced wines packed full of flavor.

Country: Greece

Few countries in the world can claim such an illustrious history of viticulture as that found in Greece, just as few countries can benefit from such an impressive range of terrain as that found across the mainland and islands of this ancient and fascinating land. When we consider that grapes are grown everywhere from the tiny islands in the Aegean sea, to larger land masses such as Rhodes and Crete, on the arid and rocky mainland and mountainous regions of Greek Macedonia, it is no wonder Greek wines show such huge diversity in style, flavor, aroma and character. One thing remains consistent, however, and that is the dedication to producing distinctly 'Greek' wines, full of characteristics which reflect the slow evolution of viticulture in a country which has been producing wine for several thousand years. Whilst certain wines, such as Retsina and those made from the Agiorghitiko grapes have long since been popular with fine wine drinkers world-wide, Greek wineries are continuing to produce superb wines using a wide range of native and imported grape varietals, meaning there are always plenty of new flavors and aromas to discover.