Altolandon

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altolandon-shelved-wineAs 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. A wide selection of varieties are grown here such as Bobal, Malbec, Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Muscat Petit Grain, Petit Manseng, Viognier and white Grenache, all selected and appropriate to the soil in which they are planted. The hand picked vineyards are at a fairly high altitude giving them the perfect conditions to produce superb quality wines. Organic methods are used to manage the vines, with natural fertilisers, leaf thinning, and green pruning just some of the ways they achieve this. The wines are produced as naturally as possible using only the first press in 6000 litre inox (stainless steel) tanks, with a spontanious alcoholic fermentation with the native yeasts. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in barrel and aged for between 8 and 24 months. The wines are stabilised naturally during the coldest months of the year. All of the red wines are aged in French oak barrels, the youngest in second use and the more complex in new oak or even clay amphora.

24.34£

Vivid picota cherry red in colour, the nose is clean, with lots of mature red fruit, candy fruit, floral notes and a delicious balsamic end. Agile in the mouth with grippy and ripe tannins and pleasing fresh acidity.

13.18£

Bright ruby to dark purple in colour, it promises plenty of power.The nose is complex with powerful aromas of blackberry and blueberry with, rose, rosemary, violets and floral notes as well as a hint of spice. The palate is nicely concentrated and with fine tannis. The flavours of blueberry, plum and blackberry are big, with hints of bittersweet cocoa and a subtle stimulating flavour of mint and violet, dark cherry, blackberry, red plum, earth, espresso, tobacco, dark chocolate, black pepper, black tea, violet. Very complex.

12.79£

Intense and bright picota cherry colour. The nose is clean and intense, lots of black fruits, candy and floral notes.  A medley of plum, strawberry, black cherry and black currant with undertones of white pepper, earthy notes, and a very pleasant balsamic end with a hint of sweetness. This is elegant, crisp with mineral undertones and notes of rosemary and cedar that emerge as the wine evolves – not to mention the sweet but vibrant tannins that promise a bright future.

12.79£

A deep cherry colour with violet tints. Nose is intense with aromas of ripe red seasonal fruit (cherries, blackberries, blackcurrant), subtle hints of violets, rosemary and a touch of black pepper. This Bobal shows distinctive power, vibrant fruit, freshness with soft and ripe tannin. It is spicy and juicy with a well rounded palate with a fascinating crunchy-fruit freshness. The finish is gently tannic combined excellent depth.

16.27£

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.

14.29£

Close to golden in colour, the floral nose leads into white flowers, roses and orange peel. The palate is nicely structured for a dry muscat, with more herbs and a pleasant bitterness on the finish. Excellent acidity and freshness with a clean finish.