Alter came highly recommended by Lalo Antón of Izadi. He had admired this small, family-run winery since their first vintage a couple of years ago marked them out as one of the most serious producers in the region. The winery was founded by José Pérez Pousa on the banks of the Miño river in 2014, with the wish to preserve the tradition of their native land, where wine has been produced since the 2nd century BCE. The wine is named ‘alter’ to mean ‘another wine more’ in Latin.
Priorato de Razamonde, part of the Ribeiro DO, sits 45 kilometres away from the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is Mediterranean, and the mountain breezes in the area have a cooling effect on the microclimate allowing the grapes to retain their freshness as they ripen slowly. Soils in the area are composed of granite-like materials with sandy loam texture. The Brancellao and Sousón vines used to make this wine are 10 years old. A site measuring 0.45 hectares is planted with Brancellao, while Sousón covers 0.57 hectares.
The 2018 vintage was marked by above average rainfall through spring and the beginning of summer which ensured the soil had good water reserves through the hot summer. The growing cycle was a week later than usual and this delay followed through the whole season. This late ripening allowed the fruit to be harvested with a good balance of acidity and sugar.
The grapes were selected in the vineyard and handpicked in October before being transported to the winery in plastic bins. On arrival at winery, they were gently crushed and deposited in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Maceration on the skins took place for around 10 days at 25ºC.
This bright and enticing wine opens with intense aromas of red fruit on the nose. It has a fantastic, crunchy redcurrant fruit profile on the palate supported by elegant silky tannins. A delicious example of Spain's indigenous, Atlantic red varieties.
|Grape Varieties||60% Sousão
|Notes||Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian