Altano Douro Reserva White 2018/20, Symington Family
Altano Branco Reserva is a pale straw colour. The aromas reveal subtle suggestions of pineapple and lychee and a hint of banana. Well integrated wood is just detectable with a discreet hint of vanilla. In the mouth the wine is balanced with green apple and soft grapefruit undertones denoting fine, crisp acidity. A wine that will gain fine complexity with bottle age.
Altano Douro wines are produced by the Symington family with grapes
sourced from the family’s own vineyards in the Douro Valley where they have lived and worked since the 19th century.
The grapes for the Altano Branco Reserva are sourced mainly from The Symington’s own vineyards but for the white wines white grapes are bought from from selected farmers with vineyards in higher altitude areas, whom the family have been working with since the early 1900’s.
The wine is made at modern Quinta do Sol winery near Regua, one of the most modern facilities in the region. The grapes are softly crushed which then undergo an alcoholic fermentation firstly in stainless steel vats before being moved to oak barrels. The wine is then aged for 8 months on the lees prior to bottling where it is aged for another year prior to release.