2011 Alpha Estate "Hedgehog Vineyard" Xinomavro Amyndeon (last of vintage) (Previously $20)
One of only seven wineries in Amyndeo(n). Elevation and lakes help keep it cool. Cold soak and spends time on lees and 12 months in old and new French oak. Moving towards untoasted oak. Dark ruby. Very healthy colour. Top note of appealing bonfire sparks. Relatively firm tannins. Medium body and well-managed tannins. Very appetising. Much more serious than the name Hedgehog suggests! Dry finish and very lively and fruity. Neat and confident.
Xynomavro is a dark-skinned grape variety widely planted in northern Greece and, to a lesser extent, the Macedonian Republic. The variety is highly regarded in its native Greece as the finest red wine the country has to offer. With its characteristically high tannin and acidity, Xynomavro is structurally one of the biggest red wines in the Mediterranean, and indeed Europe. The word Xynomavro itself is a conjunction of the Greek words for acid and black, though this is often translated as black and sour. This gives some indication as to the flavor and structure of the wines made from the variety, which in youth remain true to their name, although Xynomavro wines can age gracefully for many years. Classic flavor characteristics include prune, strawberry and sun-dried tomato.