Bodegas Altolandon Blanco, Manchuela, Spain, 2018
Owner & winemaker, Rosalia Molina, makes organic wines in one of Spain's highest altitude wineries. Her mission is to make wines that express the typicity of DO Manchuela: the vineyard, the altitude and the varieties planted.
This is a climate on the edge of what is possible: at 1,100 metres above sea level, the grapes experience a large diurnal range that encourages even ripening and helps to retain natural acidity. Rosalia's vineyards are certified organic, she uses only natural fertilisers, promoting biodiversity by welcoming chickens, sheep and pigs from local farms to roam the vineyards freely. Grapes are hand harvested and vinified as naturally as possible with native yeasts and little other intervention. The wines are then aged in clay amphora and some in French oak to give texture and complexity.
The 15 year old vineyards face north-south, at about 1100 metres surrounded by mountains but on a flat plain. The vineyards are farmed organically, sustainably and biodynamically with vines cordon trained and spur pruned.
Harvested by hand at the end of September into small cases. The juice remains in contact with the skins for 12 hours, followed by a temperature controlled fermentation with native yeast. Ageing in oak barrels without malolactic fermentation. Cold stabilisation is natural when the temperature drops to minus 15 degrees in winter.
Type: French 500 Litre
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None
An intense golden colour, lemon zest and grapefruit greet the nose with elements of toasted bread, butter and nuts. The palate is greasy but balanced with fresh fruit, acidity and in perfect harmony with the well integrated oak and alcohol.
Chicken stew, creamy pasta or fish with sauce.
Petit Manseng 50%
6 x 75cl