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Variety Composition:
The wine maker’s choice. The best 17 barrels of each harvest were the winemaker selects to present the absolute expression and dynamic of the Amyndeon viticulture zone.

Variety Composition: Xinomavro 50% - Mavrodaphne 50%.  


Region / Location / Vineyard:
Amyndeon plateau. Amyndeon viticulture zone. North-western Macedonia. "Hedgehog" sub-region. 690m altitude, with northern exposure, facing lake Petron and mount Voras. 69ha of Linear, privately owned vineyard situated at an altitude of 620-710m.

Location: ‘’Strofi’’ sub-region. Amyndeon plateau.

Vineyard: 87ha of Linear, privately owned vineyard situated at an altitude of 620-710 m.

Vineyard Designated for: 1,58 ha

Soil: Sandy – sandy clay soil over limestone of excellent drainage.

Harvest: Manual harvesting in 15 kg capacity picking baskets. Xinomavro October 4th, Mavrodaphne October 2nd   

Density of Planting: 3.700 shoots / ha.

Yield: 23HL/ha, post to green harvest & selection.

Vinification Method & Ageing:
Destemming, no crushing, cold soak - skin contact under controlled conditions, alcoholic fermentation at gradual increase temperatures, maintenance of wine "sur lie" for eight months with regular stirring. Thirty six months in Allie - Bertrange at 200% (18+18) new oak casks medium toast. No treatment or filtration before bottling and eighteen months in bottles.

Ageing: 36 months in Allie – Bertrange at 200% (18+18) new oak casks and 12 months in bottle. No treatment or filtration before bottling.


Tasting Characteristics:
Fine, rich, intense. Some black fruit, spices, cassis. Quite complex, very long. Develops in mouth very good. 

Well paired with rich meat dishes, grilled or with rich sauces, cooked with vegetables, roots and wine. Marinated game, with chestnuts and plums. Full body mature creamy cheeses with intense and full favour.  

Best served at 16-18ο C. (60,8-64,4 ο F).







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Blending consultant Eric Boissenot. 36 months in 200% new French oak. Unfiltered.
Unnecessarily heavy bottle. Almost black at the core with a dark garnet rim. Smells very ripe, like ripe black cherries and just a little bit toasty. Ripe on the palate too, thick with fruit and massively concentrated. There is no lack of acidity but there is somehow a lack of freshness, as if the fruit was picked just a little too late to be vibrant. Powerful but rounded tannins. Lots of dark chocolate. A massive wine but not as elegant as the Turtles Syrah 2016. For those who like mass over elegance. I am not sure how well this will age but hope I will be proved too conservative. Second bottle is a little fresher but still the fruit is more stewed than in the 2012. Ambitious but flawed. (JH)

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