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17
17 points. Jancis Robinson

26 Jan 2014 by JH

Date tasted 08 Dec 2013

Producer Alpha Estate 

Appellation PGI Florina 

Vintage 2013

Region Macedonia

Country Greece

Score 17 

Colour White 

Alcohol 13.5%

When to drink 2014 to 2016 

Date tasted 08 Dec 2013

Reviewer JH

Horribly heavy bottle. TA 6.6 g/l, RS 2 g/l, pH 3.39. Yield 60 hl/ha. 
Much more Loire than NZ but there's plenty of ripe citrus fruit and a hint of green fruit (green fig?). Nicely balanced between fruit and terroir-derived freshness. Beautifully made to retain the fruit but not lose the minerally freshness that underlies it and gives it excellent length. (JH)

92
92 points. Wine and Spirits Magazine

91
91 points. Robert Parker. The Wine Advocate

Source    Reviewer    Rating    Maturity    Current (Release) Cost
eRobertParker.com #206
Apr 2013    Mark Squires    91    Drink: 2013 - 2015    $17-$22 (19)
The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is tank fermented, from Alpha’s vines in the “Children” and “Alpheta” sub-regions of the Amyndeon plateau at 620-710 meters, aged sur lie. This is just lovely. I’ve often admired Greek Sauv Blancs—one of the international grapes the country tends to get right—but this is one of the better ones for sure, perhaps even better than last year’s. Showing fine purity of fruit and quite clearly being Sauvignon Blanc, this is well integrated and well balanced, yet persistent and flavorful on the finish. However long this holds in theory, noting that this has good acidity and rather fine concentration for the grape, you will do yourself and the wine a favor by drinking it young and fresh, rather than viewing it as a cellar selection. Drink now-2015. 

17
17 points. Jancis Robinson


Date tasted    21 Dec 2012
Producer    Alpha Estate
Appellation    PGI Florina
Vintage    2012
Region    Macedonia
Country    Greece
Score    17
Colour    White
Alcohol    13.5%
When to drink    2013 to 2014
Date tasted    21 Dec 2012
Reviewer    JH Pre-fermentation skin contact, time on lees. Another excellent vintage for this really smart Sauvignon Blanc. Sophisticated, distinctively Sauvignon nose with no excess – there's lemon and grapefruit and the mildest hint of herbs and flowers. On the palate there is more of a New World fruit concentration after the more Loire-like impression on the nose. Crisp and clean and long and citrusy. The best of all possible worlds in terms of Sauvignon style. (JH)
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