2010 TERRA D'ALTER BRANCO RESERVA Terras d'Alter
|Grapes: Arinto Viognier Verdelho
||Origin: Portugal, Alentejo
Lea & Sandeman review
Fascinatingly complex dry white with supple body and length from Arinto, Viognier and Verdelho. After three days of skin contact the wine is given a prolonged and cold natural fermentation, 20% of which is done in barrels. The wine is then kept on its lees for six months prior to bottling. White peach and apricot notes with a mouthfilling texture, this has a richness to it but finishes with a refreshing note of pink grapefuit.
Other reviews and comments
One of the stars of the day ... a wildly fragrant blend of native Portuguese grape variety arinto with more international viognier and verdelho from the huge Alentejo wine region inland from Lisbon – Terra d’Alter Branco Reserva 2010 (£10), from Lea & Sandeman. The influence of Australian winemaker Peter Bright is clear in the matching burst of flavour – citrus, peach, a touch of nuttiness.
Liz Sagues, Hampstead & Highgate Express