Altolandon Tinto 2016

Altolandon Tinto 2016

90 Points - Robert Parker

Grapes: Syrah, Garnacha & Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 14% abv
Type: Dry Red
Vintage: 2016
Format: 75cl
Region: Castilla La Mancha
Designation: Manchuela DO
Country: Spain

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Description

The Wine

50% Syrah 25% Garnacha & 25% Cabernet Franc.
Harvest from October the 12th. Continental climate, cool winters & long growing season with very low rainfall
Vines at 1100 meters, allows slow maturation of the grapes keeping all the fruity aromas & all the natural acidity Syrah from clay soils with gravel, Grenache from very old vines, 70/100 years & clay and stony soils & Cabernet Franc from silt loam soils.

Manchuela DO

Manchuela DO is a wine designation in Spain, in between the provinces of Valencia, Cuenca and Teruel, in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha. This region is known for producing wines, particularly reds, from grapes like Bobal, Tempranillo, and Garnacha. The climate in Manchuela tends to be continental, with hot summers and cold winters, which can influence the characteristics of the wines produced there. The designation of origin helps to regulate the production and quality standards of wines from this area.

Climate Conditions

The high altitude of 1100 meters above sea level of the Altolandon vineyards have the ideal conditions for high quality production, giving the wines unique and special characteristics in the world. The wine is born from the grape, but the altitude at which it is grown and the terroir from which it comes are fundamental to the final result.

The higher the altitude, the more and better the solar radiation and thus the greater the thermal amplitude. The higher the altitude, the more tannins. The altitude provides a refreshing effect that increases the acidity indexes thanks to the thermal amplitude which results in a higher accumulation of aromas and flavours.

These climatic conditions mean that during the last months of the gestation period, the grapes ripen slowly and over a long period of time. This results in smaller berries with a higher proportion of skin than pulp, which is essential for red wines, as the tannins are found in the skin.

The wines from these grapes offer great variety of colour, breadth and depth of aromas and great complexity on the palate. They are also much more suitable for ageing in barrels, because the higher the acidity and proportion of tannins, the greater the possibility of obtaining wines for ageing.

Vinification

Grapes arrive at the winery with total respect for the fruit, without breakage & without exposing them to the sun or high temperatures immediately after being harvested from the vineyards surrounding the winery. Selection of bunches is carried out & only healthy & ripe fruit enters the fermentation tanks.

Cold maceration for 2 weeks in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Fermentation takes place in 6000 liter stainless steel tank (no commercial yeasts were used.) Gently pressed & the wines is put in 300 liter French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation takes place naturally & spontaneously.

The aging is 50% for 18 months in the oak barrels & 50% in terrcota vessels. Stabilization is also natural, the wine is in deposits during the coldest months, temperatures can go to minus 15º C.

Aromas & Taste

Black cherry colour with garnet rim; intense & bright
Nose is clean with big intensity, lots of ripe fruit with elegant toasted notes. Complex, with herbal & herbaceous notes.Palate is powerful with intense ripe black fruit. Round tannins, expressive & big concentration.

Ideal with game, stews, jamón ibérico de bellota, roasted meat, white meat, aged cheeses & all red meat. Certified Organic & Vegan.

Ideal serving temperature 16ºC. 

Craziness

Craziness Level - Natural Wines - Unfined - Unfiltered - No Sulfites - Austria - Buy Austrian Natural Wine in Malta