Enblanco de Altolandon is produced as naturally as possible. It is known as an “orange” or “amber” wine which is fermented spontaneously on the skins in 1000 litre clay amphora to maximise the potential of the grapes. There are no added sulphites and cold stabilisation is achieved naturally during the coldest months when temperatures can drop to well below freezing in this high altitude Bodega. Enblanco de Altolandon is an intriguing white wine, with its very pale orange colour and an elegant nose of sweet stone fruits, apricots with hints of marmalade and honey. It has a rounded palate of ripe apricots, mirabelle plums and nectarines. it has good weight and structure despite only 12% abv; overall it is fairly dry and combines elegance with good length.
This wine has far less intervention than usual organic wines, for example it is not filtered. so do not be surprised by its slightly cloudy appearance; the taste is delicious. To enjoy it at its best and most expressive, do not over-chill; we recommend it should be served around 12C.
It is a blend of Garnacha Blanca and Garnacha Gris from 15 year old vines grown on limestone and stony soils. The process of making “orange” wines has experienced a revival since the late 1990s, especially in Georgia, the Balkans and Italy. They are now being made across the world, including England.
Bodegas Altolandon wines are produced by Manolo Garrote (who is an agronomist) and his wife Roselia Molina who is the winemaker. The vineyards and winery are situated in the hills well inland from Valencia near Cuenca.They began with 6 hectares in 1999 and now have 120 hectares of vineyard, and a purpose build winery in the centre of the vineyards. The altitude of the vineyards at 1100 metres, benefits the grapes with large diurnal variations, which encourage even ripening and also helps their natural acidity and freshness in this hot, continental climate area of Spain. Bodegas Altolandon have built a strong reputation and are probably the leading producer in DO Manchuela.
Organic production means a sustainable way of growing grape vines, with care and attention to the soils and environment for the longer term. They do not use any synthetic fertilizers and practice “green pruning” which restricts the yield to around 1.5 kilos per vine, which concentrates the aromas and flavours of the grapes. The grapes are hand-harvested into 12 kilo cases and reach the winery in optimum condition. They are vinified as naturally as possible with native yeasts.
Food Match: Excellent with Tapas, Mediterranean Vegetables, Cheeses
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