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Terra d'Alter, Alentejo 2011

Terra d'Alter, Alentejo 2011

Terras de Alter is a relatively new producer making modern wines, largely from traditional grapes. Naturalised Australian winemaker Peter Bright was at the forefront of Portugal's early steps to modernise its wine industry and he is behind the wide range of wines produced here, using modern vinification techniques to capture ripeness of fruit without losing freshness of flavour. Mostly aragonez (tempranillo), with touriga nacional, alicante bouschet and trincadeira, and small proportions of other local grapes. Some French oak adds depth and richness of flavour. A sweet-fruited modern Alentejo red with fresh palate and smooth, fruity flavour.

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Formed in 2004 by Australian winemaker Peter Bright, Terras de Alter is a relatively new producer. Based in Portugal’s Alentejo region, the company is best known for producing modern wines from traditional Portuguese grape varieties, which appeal particularly to a European and US audience.

Alentejo is a region in the south of Portugal, with hot, dry summers, and – for the most part – a Mediterranean climate, although the influence of the Atlantic is never too far away. Plentiful sunlight helps the grapes to ripen steadily – an important factor in their quality. Terras de Alter sources grapes from throughout Alentejo (this includes buying grapes from other growers where necessary), which takes advantage of the wide range of soil types found in the region, from granite in the north, through to brown and red soils, and slate further south.

The grapes are mostly successful indigenous varieties such as aragónez (known as tinta roriz in northern Portugal, and tempranillo in Spain), touriga nacional, and trincadeira for the reds, and alvarinho and arinto for the whites. Show More...
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The Guardian 27th Jul 2013

"… generous, full-bodied ... appealingly soft, fruity …  - Fiona Beckett"

JancisRobinson.com 4th Apr 2013

"Aragonez (Tempranillo), with Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet and Trincadeira, and small proportions of other local grapes. Ridiculously cheap. Harmonious, intriguing nose. Soberly but attractively labelled. Damson fruit and definitely sweetness before acid and light tannin. A very well-judged whole. Very good value "