Bodegas Altolandon, Enblanco de Altolandon, DO Manchuela, Spain, 2020
As the lands starts to rise, inland northwest of Valencia, you will find Roselia Molina heading up Bodegas Altolandon.
The property consists of 120 hectares with the winery resting right in the centre, not only making it aesthetically satisfying but also extremely practical. At 1,100 metres above sea level, the altitude serves to benefit the grapes with large diurnal variations which encourage even ripening and also helping retain their natural acidity. Organic methods are used to manage the vines utilising only natural fertilisers and some green pruning to further guarantee the quality of fruit prior to hand-harvesting. The grapes are vinified as naturally as possible with native yeasts and little other intervention. The wines are then aged in French oak and some in clay amphora to retain purity, but build complexity.
The harvest is done manually into 12 kg cases to prevent the grapes from being crushed and are harvested from 15 year old vines grown on limestone and stony soils.
The wine is produced as naturally as possible and fermented spontaneously on the skins in 1000 litre amphora to maximise the potential of the grapes. There are no added sulphites and cold stabilisation is done naturally during the coldest months when temperatures can drop to -15° C.
No oak treatment
A very pale orange pink colour, the nose is elegant with sweet aromas of stone fruits, mineral and anise, supported by apricot, mirabelle plum and citrus notes. Full and well rounded on the palate, with plenty of weight, yet still elegant, lively and light in body. Easy to drink.
The perfect appetiser, but excellent with Tapas, baked fish and sushi.
Tim Atkin - 92 Points
Orange peel, bright citrus, quince. Lovely texture and grippy. Clean and pure. Great use of amphora, fine grainy tannin. White wine for red wine lovers. 92 Points, TA, 2021.
Garnacha Blanca 50%
Garnacha Gris 50%
12 x 75cl