OK, so we have had 'Turtles', now we have 'Hedgehog' which is another single vineyard of Alpha Estate. This 100% xinomavro is no prickly customer, it's a lightly-oaked, easier-drinking style that shows appealing cherry, anise, black olive and fresh herbs smells on the nose, whilst the palate is full-bodied and fruity, with dark berry and plum flavours, fine-grained tannins, and a decent juicy fruit finish. It would go well with garlic lamb.
Variety Composition: Xinomavro 100%. 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 620-710 m.
Vinification Method & Ageing: Destemming, no crushing, cold soak - skin contact, alcoholic fermentation at gradual increasing temperatures, maintenance of wine ‘’sur lies’’ for eight months with regular stirring. Twelve months in French oak barrel medium grain, white toasting and twelve months in the bottle.
Tasting Characteristics: Bright purple-red color. Complex, typical bouquet of small berries red fruits, leather and spices (vanilla, pepper, clove), with hints of ripe blackberry. Full mouth, rounded tannins, balanced acidity and well integrated wood tones. Long aftertaste with intense quince aroma.
Harmony: Perfect match with juicy red barbecued meats, spicy sausages, red baked peppers in olive oil, stew rabbit, light spicy fool body cheeses. Best served at 16-18? C.