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19 Points. Jancis Robinson. Reviewed by Julia Harding

94 +
94 + Points. Robert Parker reviewed by Mark Squires

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94 points. James Halliday. The Australian

2008 Alpha Estate Xinomavro Reserve
The low-yielding, 90-year-old bush vines are planted (on their own roots) on sandy soil over limestone, yielding less than 27 hectolitres per hectare (1.8 tonnes per acre). The wine spends two years in new French oak and a further year in bottle in the winery prior to release. The bouquet and palate exude red and black cherry, plum and warm spice aromas and flavours, the tannin structure excellent, the overall mouthfeel and balance very good, the oak integrated. 13.5% alc; cork
94 points; drink to 2025; $40

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91 points. Asia Palate. Jeannie Cho Lee MW

2008 Alpha Estate – Xinomavro Reserve, Amyndeon, Northern Greece, Greece

Lovely ruby pale colour (like a Nebbiolo) with gamey notes combined with savoury herbs and spices. A fascinating range of flavours in this wine made from old vines. Alpha Estate has crafted a fantastic expression showing the potential of this grape variety. The wine was matured in French oak casks for 24 months. Ready to drink but will keep for at least 6-8 years.(91)