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Alpha Estate Xinomavro Reserve Old Vines 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - The 2012 Estate "S.M.X." is Syrah-dominated ("S") with 20% each of Merlot ("M") and Xinomavro ("X"), all sourced from high altitudes at...

2012 Xinomavro

Xinomavro is the predominant grape varietal of Macedonia, although it is also grown in many parts of Greece where the climatic conditions are suitable for this particular fruit. The names translates as 'acid black', which gives some clue as to the nature of this varietal. The grapes are renowned for their high tannin content, which is a result of the thick and blue-black skins found on the fruit. This particular characteristic results in a superb aging potential in wines made from the Xinomavro varietal, as time spent in barrels softens these strong, astringent tannins and allows the full range of their flavors to come through in the wine. Most commonly, Xinomavro grapes are associated with aromas of red gooseberry, spices, olives and dried fruit, such as dried tomato.