Symington Altano Douro DOC 2011

altano

Confident and bold, this red blend is from the largest family estate in Portugal and craves to be paired with hearty dishes.

Estate: The Symington family has been involved with winemaking in the Douro Valley of Portugal since 1882, and through their great grandmother, can trace their winemaking back 14 generations to the mid 17th century. Today the family is the largest vineyard owner in the Douro Valley, with multiple vineyards extending across 947 hectares. They are recognised for being at the forefront of Douro winemaking and renowned for their “outstanding ports”.

Winemaking: With their vast holdings of land, the family places great importance on preserving the environment. All vineyards are farmed both organically and sustainably, and with their conservation efforts they have seen considerable results such as the return of indigenous animals and plants. Altano was crafted to be “ideal for everyday, informal drinking at home with family or with friends, a great wine to relax and unwind with”. Vinified in stainless steel.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, fresh herbs and hints of balsamic. Concentrated black cherry and plum flavours were contrasted by vegetal tomato leaf notes in the full body, whilst black peppercorn, lingering cherry and traces of tarry earth comprised the moderate finish.

A blend of Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca [the “proportions of each vary from year to year”]
Douro
Portugal
Bottled by Symington Family Estates
13.5% Alcohol
$9
Enjoy now thru 2015

Rated 91 points by Wine Spectator

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