Alter

Galicia, galicia Spain

Alter came highly recommended by Lalo Antón of Izadi. He had admired this small, family-run winery since their first vintage a few years ago and 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 BC.

Alter has 24 hectares of its own vineyards, which are on average 15 to 30 years old and are planted on decomposed granite, with sand and clay. 90% of the production is from the native white varieties Treixadura, Godello and Loureira, with the rest from the native red varieties Brancellao and Sousón.

The climate in Ribeiro is influenced by the Atlantic but also sheltered by the mountains. The region benefits from warm days and cool nights during the growing season, which allows the grapes to ripen fully while retaining their signature fresh acidity.

The Alter Ribeiro Blanco is a blend of Treixadura, Godello and Loureira fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks and then aged on the lees for 3 to 6 months to add depth. The wine is semi-aromatic with aromas of white flowers, grapefruit and green apple. The palate is lively with brisk acidity, white peach and a delightful savouriness that prompts you to reach for another glass.

New to the list this year, is the Alter Ribeiro Tinto, a blend of Brancellao and Sousón with a nose boasting bright aromas of cherry and cranberry. The palate is expressive with a liquorice spiciness and mineral undertones, balanced by a fresh acidity.

 

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