What am I: Former Lisbon-area residents Fernanda Rodrigues and Jorge Cardoso sought the perfect site to create an organic utopia and found it in the rolling hills of the Serra D’Ossa outside of the extraordinary medieval hilltop fortress of Monsaraz.
There, on a beautiful and ancient old farm, they recuperated an old vineyard and set it on a direct course for organic certification. Outeiros Altos was the first herdade, or estate, in the Alentejo to be fully certified as organic. The wines produced here are also certified organic.
Planting the traditional grapes of the Alentejo, they set about to create a vineyard that can exist in harmony with the surrounding mountains and Mediterranean forest. Their home on the property is built upon foundations that are hundreds of years old, and the cellar is built entirely from stones found on the property.
Outeiros Altos Talha Branco is a skin macerated, naturally fermented orange style white wine, made in old clay talha (amphora). Grapes were hand-picked, and the wine is unfiltered.
In the glass, it is truly an old-fashioned talha white wine with its dark yellow-amber color. The nose is a gateway to time travel, as you experience the talha white wines drunk fifty years ago or more in Alentejo. On the palate it shows, once again, its noble rusticity, where it emphasizes the beautiful acidity, some astringency, and body more than enough to pair with any traditional Alentejo dish.
With just 12%, alcohol volume, like the wines of the past, this could be a second-century wine, exported to the Empire capital and enjoyed by the upper classes. It was made with total respect for the most traditional winemaking technique of Alentejo and, therefore, does not aim to satisfy the "markets" or follow the trends of the moment.
Handcrafted limited edition of 600 bottles.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Alentejo
Grape Varieties: Antão Vaz and Arinto
Alcohol by volume: 12%