Altano, Douro White 2016
Mountain fresh! From grapes sourced at high altitude, including Moscatel that adds aroma and an exotic twist, this delicious wine from the Symington stable has a limey zing, lovely mineral notes and a clean refreshing finish.
|Bottle Size||75 cl|
|Style||Dry and full|
|Grapes||Malvasia Fina, Viosinho, Rabigato, Códega de Larinho & Moscatel Galego.|
|Drinking Guide||Drink Now|
|Food Match||Deep fried soft-shell crab with aioli and a watercress salad|
The Symington family, best known for producing Graham’s Port, also produces this fresh, high-altitude white wine. I first enjoyed this example on a family holiday in Madeira and it has been a regular in our household ever since. Dry and crisp, with a clean citrus finish.
Blend of Malvasia Fina, Viosinho, Rabigato, Codega de Larinho and Moscatel Galego. Really distinctive and interesting nose on which the Muscat note is just very slightly too much for me. Very edgy and refreshing on the palate - a miracle really considering how hot the Douro is, yet this doesn't taste as though the acid is a bolt-on. Round, beautifully textured and novel for the price. Admirably long. GV.
I’ve been following this delicious unoaked white from the outset and each vintage more than lives up to its predecessor, the 2016 combining candied citrus fruit and grapefruit zest with the Douro’s characteristic smoky, stony, mineral flavour. It's a blend of local varieties, including Malvasia Fina and Moscatel Galego, from vineyards high up in the Douro Valley belonging to the Symingtons, a remarkable family who own 26 individual wine estates and Graham’s, Cockburn’s, Dow’s and Warres ports, among others. What makes the Symingtons so remarkable, aside from their portfolio of vineyards, wines and ports and their long history in wine in the Douro, is that they all work together with a degree of harmony fuelled by good humour that’s exceptional in any field. Back to the wine: it's a brilliant aperitif, but it also hits the mark with fish and shellfish and summer vegetables. I enjoyed it recently with jellied gazpacho topped with white crab meat.
The Symingtons branched out from port into Douro table wines some years ago and are showing themselves every bit as adept as with fortified wines. The grapes – a five-variety blend of natives that includes Malvasia Fina and Moscatel Gallego – are grown high up to keep them fresh and the result is mouthwatering, zesty citrus fruit, a chalk-dust texture and the Douro's characteristic smoky, stony, minerality.