Alberto Orte 2017 'Atlantida' Blanco, Vino de la Tierra de Cadiz
Item Number: 13328
Sub Region: Jerez
Appellation/AVA: Tierra de Cadiz
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 100% Vijiriega
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Albariza
Case Production: 184
Made from Vijiriega, a nearly extinct indigenous variety in Jerez, Atlántida Blanco is a history project, a wine that tells the story of a time in winemaking history that is long past. Intensely expressive of the terroir of Cádiz and completely unique, Atlántida Blanco is a reach back in time.
Terroir Notes: The single parcel where the Atlántida is grown is called Pago Añina. Brushing against the sea, it is one of the Jerez’s most coastal vineyards. The grapes of this parcel were historically destined for Manzanilla and Fino due to their fresher maturation, lower alcohol and clean acidity. The unique, dense albariza soil of this vineyard consists predominantly of chalk and clay, one of the richest raw materials within the vast vineyard of Spain, and suited perfectly for the climatic conditions of Cádiz. This soil retains an enormous amount of moisture from the heavy rainfalls (650 liters on average) in autumn and winter and later keeps the vines hydrated during the hot, arid summer months. The southern climate of Jerez is heavily influenced by the wind and by the sea. A fresh, humid breeze during the late summer off keeps the grapes cool and hydrated.
Winemaking Notes: Grapes are punched down with a foot pigeage in stainless steel tanks and fermented in demi-muids with indigenous yeasts. Wine is aged for 12 months in 600 L demi-muid with lees, no battonage. Racked to stainless steel for 5 months of stabilization before bottling.
Tasting Notes: The Atlántida Blanco has a complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes orange blossom, fresh and dried stone fruits, confit of meyer lemon. On the palate, there is both weight and lift, with a startling confluence of mineral, savory and fruit flavors. Juicy tangerine and meyer lemon notes lead to a savory, floral mid palate, finishing with dusty mineral and a pronounced salinity, no doubt owing to its seaside provenance.
Pairing Notes The racy acidity and minerality make the Atlántida Blanco a beautiful match with richer seafood and poultry dishes. Grilled mackerel with olives and fresh herbs, or roasted oysters would be perfect pairs.