White Wine Les Alifares 2020
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This is the new vintage of Les Alifares, arguably the most interesting Spanish white wine produced by Celler Frisach. This winery is one the most adventurous and free-spirited currently working in the increasingly talked-about DO Terra Alta.
Two features make this organic white wine stand out. First, it is a single varietal Grey Grenache - locally known as Vernatxa Gris - coming form a 65-year-old vineyard, Finca La Serra, located near the town of Corbera d'Ebre. The soils are made of fossilized dunes rich in silt and clay, known in the area as panal soils.
Though rather common in both sides of the French-Spanish Mediterranean borderland, up to now it was seldom found in wines from Terra Alta. In fact, this was the first-ever varietal Grey Grenache commercially released in the region.
Moreover, this white wine from Terra Alta is made through the traditional brisat technique, which consists in macerating the wine must with the grape skins and the stems for two weeks. This gives the wine colour, tannin, aromas, and good bones, resulting in what is nowadays called an orange wine. After finishing maceration, the wine was aged on lees for 8 months.
Finally, Les Alifares 2020 was bottled unfined, unfiltered and with no added sulphur.
Aerate some time before drinking.
Only 1,000 bottles produced.
The wine Les Alifares has a captivating appearance. An intense orangeish colour, reminiscent of a blood orange, with some amber tinges.
Free and untamed, yet neither extravagant nor blurry. This Grey Grenache is full of white fruit, nuanced by delightful notes of mother dough, an expressive bouquet of aromatic herbs, garrigue and flowers, over a delicately earthy and mineral background. As this Vernatxa Gris opens - aeration is essential - all kinds of interesting aromas appear, such as candied orange rind, ginger, and bergamot.
A wine with a unique personality, the palate of Les Alifares de Frisach conveys a "natural" and rugged feeling which is simply exhilarating. Besides, qualities which seem logically incompatible are perfectly assembled here. Thus, this skin-contact orange wine is rustic and sophisticated, tannic and light, all at the same time. Zesty and earthy, with some floral overtones, a salty core, and a very long finish.
|Our personal opinion||
"Time and skins" is the motto of Les Alifares 2020. This wine has made quite an impression on us.
Les Alifares 2019:
Les Alifares 2018:
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Type of ageing||Months mixing in stainless steel|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||8|
|Pairings||Alone, Aperitif, Cod, Grilled fish, Grilled vegitables, Grilled whitefish, Light hors d´oeuvres, Rice with fish, Soft cheeses|
|Taste||Fresh and dry, Fruity and Fresh, Silky and intense|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Aperitif, Because you deserve it, Romantic Dinner|