Alpha Estate Turtles Vineyard Malagouzia 2015

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SKU 51032


Brilliantly, light yellow in color with greenish tints. Strong and lively nose, typical Malagouzia, suggesting rose petal with floral aromas and sweet spices, melon, litchi with a note of honeysuckle. Round and mellow on the palate, fat but balanced, high in alcohol with plenty of finesse. Well structured, reminding the nose aromas with a hint of rosemary. A richly textured wine with superb length and balance. A classy wine with long finish and persistent aromas. Harmony: Excellently married with green salads, baked vegetables, pasta, low fat fishes and a wide variety of Greek sea food "Meze."
Category White Wine
Country Greece
Region Macedonia
Brand Alpha Estate
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Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Malagouzia "Turtles Vineyard" is unoaked and comes in at 12.5% alcohol. The vintage may have some issues for Xinomavro, said some producers, but the whites have no problems here. There was a moment when I considered just smelling this and not bothering to drink it. It has an early-picked feel to it. Classically pungent as a summer white, this is a Malagouzia that is rather grassy, but it benefits from that extra aromatic oomph. It worked for me, but some may like that more than others, to be sure. It is never overkill, though, and always nicely balanced. Its elegant and fresh feel makes it a pleasure to drink and it has rather good concentration for the grape, too. It then finishes with some tension. In fact, on opening it is rather tightly wound. This is certainly one of Alpha's best, probably the best yet. You could knock this down in summer heat all summer long. Drink it young and fresh for best results, over the next year or two, because I just don't find that many examples that this grape rewards cellaring as yet, but it will hold a few years. Apart from all else, it is a nice value.

Mark Squires, June 2016

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