Altas Quintas White 2008

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The Altas Quintas estate, situated in north-eastern Alentejo, deep in the heart of rural Portugal, stretches across 256 hectares and encompasses two major areas of farmland lying parallel at an altitude between 496 m and 770 m. Nestled high in the gently sloping hills of the São Mamede Natural Park, the property also includes 48 ha of vines, 80 ha of pine forest, 50 ha of orchards and 8 ha of olive groves.
Growing a host of native grape varieties, such as Trincadeira and Aragonez for reds and Verdelho and Arinto for whites, the quinta also features smaller percentages of varieties with strong oenological potential, such as Alicante Bouschet, Alfrocheiro, Shyraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Operating under a fully integrated, property-wide management framework, the vineyard benefits from cutting-edge vine training methods, computerized irrigation and optimized drainage systems.

Altas Quintas White 2008
Producer: Altas Quintas
Region: Alentejo
Alcohol: 13.5% vol
Price: N/D
Made from the grape varieties Verdelho and Arinto, the wine was fermented in new barrels of French oak, and then aged for 6 months in the same barrels.
It features a bright straw color. The first sensation is the freshness that emanates from the wine. The wine shows tropical fruit, some citrus, some smoke notes, coconut and honey. The barrel show a little bit yet but will integrate soon. In between each of these notes, the wine always shows freshness.
In the mouth, despite showing a certain greasiness, a certain body, we find a wine more a case of finesse and freshness, than body and volume. A compromise between the volume and finesse. It has an great acidity and ends with medium/long persistence, with hints of honey and pineapple.
16.5 Points


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