Alpha Estate Chardonnay Ecosystem - Tramonto 2018 750ml

size
750ml
country
Greece
90
WA
90
WA
Rated 90 by Wine Advocate
The 2018 Chardonnay Ecosystem Tramonto (so named because it is a single-block wine from Tramonto) was aged for seven months in new French barriques and comes in at 13.4% alcohol. Focused and precise, this seems very concentrated yet very elegant. There is grip on the respectable finish. The wood shows too much just now, but that will get better in time. Even now, the freshness surrounds the fruit and lifts it. This seems super this year. I sort of hate that Alpha does so well with international grapes so often. It would be so much easier to rebel if that were not true! This is a super effort that looks poised to age well for a decade or more. It might do better, but we'll take that in stages and see where it goes. ... More details
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Alpha Estate Chardonnay Ecosystem - Tramonto 2018 750ml

SKU 838087
$28.94
/750ml bottle
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90
WA
90
WA
Rated 90 by Wine Advocate
The 2018 Chardonnay Ecosystem Tramonto (so named because it is a single-block wine from Tramonto) was aged for seven months in new French barriques and comes in at 13.4% alcohol. Focused and precise, this seems very concentrated yet very elegant. There is grip on the respectable finish. The wood shows too much just now, but that will get better in time. Even now, the freshness surrounds the fruit and lifts it. This seems super this year. I sort of hate that Alpha does so well with international grapes so often. It would be so much easier to rebel if that were not true! This is a super effort that looks poised to age well for a decade or more. It might do better, but we'll take that in stages and see where it goes.
Winery
Brilliant light yellow color with green hints. Intense and rich nose, typical of the variety, with citrus, white stone fruits, pear and hints of oak. Full mouth, creamy, with excellent balance, freshness and finesse. Persistent after taste aromas with a long finish.
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size
750ml
country
Greece
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Rated 90 - The 2018 Chardonnay Ecosystem Tramonto (so named because it is a single-block wine from Tramonto) was aged for seven months in new French barriques and comes in at 13.4% alcohol. Focused and precise, this seems very concentrated yet very elegant. There is grip on the respectable finish. The wood shows too much just now, but that will get better in time. Even now, the freshness surrounds the fruit and lifts it. This seems super this year. I sort of hate that Alpha does so well with international grapes so often. It would be so much easier to rebel if that were not true! This is a super effort that looks poised to age well for a decade or more. It might do better, but we'll take that in stages and see where it goes.
green grapes

Varietal: Chardonnay

In the past couple of decades, the sales of wines made with Chardonnay grapes has risen and fallen more than once. For many people, this green skinned grape was marred by a poor reputation for bland and uninteresting wines, a great shame considering the fact that Chardonnay grapes have proven time and time again to be interesting, versatile and full of surprises. Most commonly, fine Chardonnay wines are buttery, smooth and creamy as a result of malolactic fermentation, yet with hints of tropical fruits and orchard fruits such as apples and pears. What is most remarkable about Chardonnay grapes, however, is the fact that unlike many other 'white' grapes, they are exceptionally good at holding the characteristics of their terroir in the bottle. As such, despite their fluctuating reputation, this is one grape varietal which produces constantly surprising, impressive and varied wines.
fields

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.
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green grapes

Varietal: Chardonnay

In the past couple of decades, the sales of wines made with Chardonnay grapes has risen and fallen more than once. For many people, this green skinned grape was marred by a poor reputation for bland and uninteresting wines, a great shame considering the fact that Chardonnay grapes have proven time and time again to be interesting, versatile and full of surprises. Most commonly, fine Chardonnay wines are buttery, smooth and creamy as a result of malolactic fermentation, yet with hints of tropical fruits and orchard fruits such as apples and pears. What is most remarkable about Chardonnay grapes, however, is the fact that unlike many other 'white' grapes, they are exceptionally good at holding the characteristics of their terroir in the bottle. As such, despite their fluctuating reputation, this is one grape varietal which produces constantly surprising, impressive and varied wines.
fields

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.