Alpha Estate Turtles Vineyard Malagouzia 2015
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.
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