ALPHA ESTATE | S.M.X. | 2015
syrah | merlot | xynomavro


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Tonight we are going to review a legendary wine blend from Northern Greece – S.M.X. 2015 from Alpha Estate. This wine is part of the winemaker’s flagship line, that is made of only three wines, and is a blend of syrahmerlot and xynomavro grape varieties, all of them grown in the Amyndeon plateau, situated at the 660m altitude in north-western Macedonia, in the so-called “Childrens & Horses” sub-region of Greece. The wine has been aged on the lees for 8 months, followed by 12 months of ageing in new french oak casks and finally by 12 months of bottle-ageing. In order to preserve the fruit flavours, the wine has not been filtered before the bottling – quite impressive, but let’s not put too much emphasis on the theory side, without further ado let’s move on, to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Deep and nuanced garnet color, with purple-indigo shades towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with ripe red and black fruits flavours: black cherry, blackcurrant, black plum, redcurrant, ripe sour cherry, ripe cranberry, ripe red plum, black mulberry, ripe blackberry, black raspberry and cherry tree wood. An instant later the nose is filled with elegant notes of roasted oakwood, allspice, tobacco, black pepper, anise, nutmeg, red pepper, black tea and some subtle hints of leather.


The wine is extra-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and fine tannin. It feels bold, spicy and tannic, with a nuanced fruity-crisp accent. This is a quite firm, expressive and full-bodied wine, as it tastes grippy, complex and well structured. The wine is quite harmonious, with a nuanced seedy-tart accent on the palate and a touch of alcoholic warmth showing through on the mouthfeel. It has a good overall balance between fruit and wood.


The wine has a long finish and an velvety-spicy aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Greece and the overall rating says the same, with 92.6 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.

Conclusion: this is definitely a wine that is still on the rise, one that has yet to reach the summit of its top form. We believe that it will get there in about 2 to 3 years of bottle ageing. Despite its youthfulness, it has a firm tannic accent on the palate, a finely textured mouthfeel and a quite elegant finale, with mouth-watering acidity and bone-drying tannins. In order to elevate this wine to its true potential, we would recommend to pair it with meaty dishes that are rich in natural umami flavours, like for example beef carpaccio or veal tartare with figs, hazelnuts and anchovy butter. Enjoy!

WineStatistics tasting results:

S.M.X. | 2015

grape: | syrah | merlot | xynomavro |

region: Greece | Amyndeon

overall rating: | 92.6 |

maturity: on the rise

conclusion: excellent | (a must try)



(c) The WineStatistics ratings are based solely on our own knowledge of the world of wine and on our personal wine tastes, which may, or may not, differ from yours – the reader. There are no absolutes of right and wrong in wine appreciation.

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