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Winemaker's Note

Intensely red in color, this is a wine with a complex character, combining aromas of vanilla, chocolate and oak from the barrel, with notes of forest fruits and spices. The palate shows volume, robust tannins and a sensuous viscosity that balances with the fine acidity. The lingering finish of the wine leaves tasty notes of fruits and spices on the mouth.

Varieties

Syrah, Merlot, Xinomavro, Cabernet Sauvignon

Production

n/a

Ageing

12-15 years

Cellaring

14 months in new 225-lt barriques for each of the separate varieties, additional 4 months in new 225-lt barriques for the entire blend –ageing in bottle for 6 more months.

Origin

Selected vineyard blocks of the Kir-Yianni Estate in Yianakohori (#1 and #2 for Syrah, #24 for Merlot, 9 for Xinomavro, and #6 for the other varieties)

Food Pairing

Intense, robust, with warm alcohol and dense texture, Ble Alepou is a wine destined for bold food pairings, either with dishes of the classic French cuisine or dishes with a more creative twist.

Analytical Data

Alcohol:  15.0 % vol
pH:  3.43
Titratable acidity:  5.9 g/lt
Volatile acidity:  0.68 g/lt
Residual sugar:  2.8 g/lt
Phenolic index:  n/a
Color intensity:  n/a
Free/Total sulfites:  28/100 mg/lt

The Kir-Yianni Estate vineyards in PDO Naoussa are located at an altitude of 120-280m on the Eastern foothills of Mt. Vermio. The zone’s climate is marked by abundant precipitation during the winter and spring, and moderate drought during the summer. The site spans over rolling hills with medium to high slopes and southeastern exposure. Its soil type is a mixed limestone ranging from clay to loam and sandy loam. Due to this diversity and complexity of the site the vineyards are established in 30 separate blocks –each one with its own particular characteristics and viticultural practices. In the Ble Alepou blend we used Syrah grapes grown on the loamy limestone soils of blocks #1 and 2, Merlot from the loamy limestone soils of block #24 and Xinomavro from the clay-limestone soils of block #9. All these blocks face southeast. A generous vine spacing of 3,500-4,000 per hectare is in place for optimal vigor and canopy management. The resulting yield is less than 80 hectoliters per hectare.

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