Review: 2008 Alpha Estate “Hedgehog Vineyard” Xinomavro

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Greek wine tends to get a bad rap here in North America, largely due to the proliferation of poor quality, mass produced wines on the market…most notably poor quality Retsina. I do however like to give all wine an fair shot and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this little gem.

Hailing from the region of Amyndeon in the North of Greece and produced from the obscure local grape variety Xinomavro, this single vineyard red is a great choice for the more adventurous wine drinker looking for something new.

The hedgehog takes its name from the cute, prickly little balls of love that chose to procreate between the rows of vines. Perhaps it’s best not to hink of hedgehog on hedgehog action while you’re drinking the wine, but it makes for a cute story nonetheless.

On the nose the wines shows pleasant aromas of dried cherries, strawberries and raisins. The palate brings a little more of a wild edge, with funky notes of fennel and leather lacing the plump black cherry fruit. Medium bodied, this is the perfect match for grilled lamb and a hearty greek salad.

Price: $27

Style; Spicy, Earthy, Funky

Available at Vine Arts Wine and Spirits  www.vinearts.ca

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