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16,5
16,5 points. Jancis Robinson

Alpha Estate, Axia 2009 Regional Wine of Florina

27 Dec 2012 by JH

Date tasted 21 Dec 2012

Producer Alpha Estate 

Appellation Regional Wine of Florina

Vintage 2009 

Region Macedonia

Country Greece

Score 16.5

Colour Red

Alcohol 14%

When to drink 2012 to 2016 

Date tasted 21 Dec 2012

Reviewer JH

50/50 Xinomavro and Syrah grown on sandy and sandy-clay soil at 620-710 m. 12 months in French oak. pH 3.49, TA 6 g/l.

Inviting juicy-fruit aromas, both red and black, and a light, more savoury pepperiness. Packed with fruit without being overly sweet. Rich and dense with a slight chew to the tannin and a lovely harmony of ripeness and fresh acidity. Shows what a great site this is in the far north-west of Greece, not far from the border with the Republic of Macedonia. (JH)

90
90 points. Robert Parker. The Wine Advocate

eRobertParker.com #207
Jun 2013 

Mark Squires 9090

Drink: 2013 - 2020 $17-$20 (18) 

The 2009 Syrah – Xinomavro Axia is revisited this issue for a check-up. I’ve been singing the praises of this inexpensive bottling that has become quite a bargain. I wasn’t quite as convinced early on by this 2009, although it was really good. It now shows quite well with an elegant mid-palate, a crisp, slightly earthy finish and beautiful structure. That serious backbone stands it in good stead. Now that it has settled down, it is proving that it is beautifully constructed and a great food wine. I wanted another glass. It deserves a small uptick. Drink now-2020.