Alpha SMX is made in the Amyndeon plateau. Amyndeon viticulture zone. North-western Macedonia. “Children’s” & “Horses” sub-regions at an altitude of 620-710 m. The terrain where the vines grow is sandy – sandy clay soil of excellent drainage over thin limestone layer. The grapes are destemed, no crushing, cold soak – skin contact under controlled conditions, alcoholic fermentation at gradual increasing temperatures, maintenance of wine “sur lie” for eight months with regular stirring. The wine is then aged for twelve months minimum in Allie – Bertrange oak casks medium – light toast. No treatment or filtration before bottling.
“The 2013 Estate “S.M.X.” is a blend of 60% Syrah, with 20% each of Xinomavro and Merlot, aged for 12 months in new, light-toast French oak. Expressive, powerful and a bit sweet on the edge (the oak adds to that just now), this has plenty of concentration and flavor. What makes it special, though, is that it is well supported by acidity and its backbone. The herbal nuances, with a touch of rhubarb, give it a bit of complexity, too. It evolves well, becoming more expressive. Then, there is a big finish, tight, crisp and cool. Give it a couple of years in the cellar. This is too undeveloped just now, but it looks to be in the running for Alpha’s best S.M.X. yet. I feel compelled to lean up just now.” – (93 points) Mark Squires, eRobertParker.com
ALPHA ESTATE is located at the northwest part of Greece, the Amyndeon, Florina region. Alpha Estate was founded in 1997 by the experienced viticulturist Makis Mavridis and chemist-oenologist Angelos Iatridis, who, after years of experience in various locations of Greece, chose the Amyndeon region to create his own wine.
|Vintages LCBO #||92361|
|Producer||Alpha Estate SA|
|Varietal||Shiraz/Syrah, Xinomavro, Merlot|
|Style||Full-Bodied & Smooth|
|Sweetness||XD – Extra Dry|
|Awards/Press||93 points by Robert Parker|
|17.5 points by Jancis Robinson|
|GOLD medal Konradin Selection|