2013 Herencia Altes Garnacha Blanc

" Herencia Altés is a project a long time in the making. For generations my family has been one of grape growers, with vineyards dispersed around the village of Batea. Now, I have decided to give these grapes their own personality in the form of these hand-crafted wines. While Terra Alta is not yet a well-known region - tucked away in the south eastern corner of Catalonia it borders Aragón and Valencia - it is one of the largest areas in Catalunya under vine. With plenty of old Garnatxa bush vines, I think it is amongst the best regions in terms of quality and authenticity." CLIMATE Mediterranean with a marked continental influence bringing cold winters. The dominant winds are the “Cerç” a north westerly, and the “Garbí”, a sea breeze. SOIL TYPE Sandy (Pañal) and clay with some calcareous content. ELABORATION 100% Garnatxa Blanca. We looked for a range of Garnatxa vines, some very old, others younger, to achieve complexity and balance. Of key importance was picking the grapes before the natural acidity was lost (our whites have no acidity added!). A short maceration on skins followed by pressing and fermentation. The wines spend a further 2 months on fine lees to gain texture and complexity. TASTING NOTE Very aromatic with notes of melon and white fruits on nose. On the palate it is balanced with a medium body and a nice crisp freshness. Pairs well with simple tapas and grilled squid. [+]