New range of high-altitude wines from Orange, NSW released by Cumulus Vineyards. Introducing ALTE.
Firstly a big thank you to Cumulus for sending this sample over. It was the perfect accompaniment to our recent steak night.
Plus it also went well with leftover Easter chocolate.
The ALTE range are made by the Robert Oatlety Vineyards Chief Winemaker Debbie Lauritz. ALTE is from the Italian ‘Terra Alte’ meaning ‘High Lands’ – Orange is one of Australia’s premier cool-climate wine regions and the only one that is defined by altitude.
The 25-year old vines sit at a cool 600 metres above sea-level where they get plenty of high-elevation sunshine.
The 2017 ALTE Shiraz spent 12 months in French oak barrels before being fined and filtered for bottling. It retails at a very cost-effective $23.
In the glass it’s a pretty cherry red shade. Wonderful notes of spice, blackberries, cherries and whiffs of moss rise up from the glass. While in the mouth it’s rather lean in texture with those berry and cherry notes coming through topped with savoury spice.
This wine was sent to me as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it.
All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!