Bodegas Altolandon 'Enblanco de Altolandon' 2021
In a nutshell:
A rounded and concentrated skin contact white, or 'orange' wine from near Valencia on Spain's East coast.
White wines such as this which are fermented on their skins for a deeper colour and flavour are known as 'orange' wines and are becoming increasingly popular
The producer, Bodegas Altolandon, are based inland of Valencia at 1100m in altitude producing a great range of accessible organic wines, many made as naturally as possible. Enblanco is a 50-50 mix of Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris, hand harvested and fermented on the skins in large 1000 litre amphora, the skins giving the wine a bit of added colour, light tannins, and an extra whack of flavour. Thanks to being grown at altitude the nights are cold, and that big difference in day and night time temperature means there is also plenty of natural acidity adding balance and backbone. Punchy aromas of stone fruits, minerals and anise, along with apricot and citrus notes. The palate is rounded and refreshing with lively acidity and elegant, concentrated flavours.
When to drink:
Great as an aperitif with nuts (especially almonds) and olives, but try with baked fish, and especially North African and Middle Eastern lamb or goat based dishes.
Suitable for Vegans, Biodynamic