Terra d'Alter Late Harvest Viognier 37.5cl
- Wonderful flavours of white peach, honeysuckle and underlying honey - delicious!
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- Terra d'Alter
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- The Alto Alentejo is a high-quality wine-producing region two hours' drive inland from Lisbon where vineyards date back to Roman times. The landscape is mainly flat with some hills and is characterised by distinctly Mediterranean edaphoclimatic conditions, though some areas have a continental microclimate. Its soils are notable for their diversity, ranging from the granitic soils of Portalegre and the calcareous and crystalline soils of Borba to the brown and red soils of Évora, Granja/Amareleja and Moura and the slate soils of Redondo, Reguengos and Vidigueira.
The Terra d'Alter vineyards are structured according to the new world approach, designed with the assistance of the University of Fresno, California. The vines are planted using modern training and irrigation techniques, facilitating treatment and ensuring quality. They cover extensive plains and gentle hills, always providing intense exposure to sunlight which assists the grapes' development, maturation and quality. Many indigenous varieties are grown plus international varieties such as Viognier.
Peter Bright is the oenologist. Peter is the original 'flying winemaker', a dynamic and enterprising Australian who has lived in Portugal since 1982, his motto is "experiment, but don't mix styles".
This sweet late-harvest Viognier, which is fermented and aged in oak barrels has wonderful flavours of white peach, honeysuckle and underlying honey - delicious!
- "Australian winemaker Peter Bright might be a long way from home in Alentejo, Southern Portugal, but when it comes to region's sunny weather- he's well and truly in his element. Winemakers, and drinkers alike are embracing the ripe and rich 'modern style' wines that are being made in this warm climate. Instead of the intensely savoury and age-worthy style that is traditional to the area, these new modern wines are immediately expressive and show off bold fruit flavours. Not only are they ready to drink young, but they are often affordable alternatives to new-world wines. This is what I find so charming about the wines of Terra D'Alter- they have sunny sophistication, without an off-putting rusticity" - Joshua Castle, ex Retail Manager, The Oxford Wine Company Blog.
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With intense fruit flavors to match the sweetness, this lovely dessert wine pairs especially well with tarts, pies, and buttery flavours in general.
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