APPELLATION: D.O. Monterrei
VARIETALS: 30% Doña Blanca, 30% Treixadura, 30% Verdello, 10% Monstruosa de Monterrei
WINEMAKER: Jose Luis Mateo
ABOUT THE WINE: The word Al-Anda means “Get going!” or “Get moving!” in English. Alanda is the first of several wines made by winemaker and proprietor Jose Luis Mateo. All the grapes grown to make Alanda are certified organic. The philosophy is to make a young white wine that showcases the varieties that were planted across Monterrei's three different districts during the 1980s: Godello, Dona Blanca and Treixadura. At Quinta da Muradella, winemaker and proprietor Jose Luis has done excellent work recuperating old vineyards and his efforts have earned accolades from wine publications including The Wine Advocate and Guia Peñin, the most influential and prestigious wine guide in Spain.
TASTING NOTES: The nose shows no fruit, as if the wine was made of stones (and I like it!), serious and austere, still young and undeveloped. The medium-bodied palate fills your mouth and coats its inside with fennel and wet stone flavors and a clean thread of fine acidity that makes it intense and long. This is just plain great and should develop in bottle gaining in complexity and mellowing down. Super fresh and mineral, with very high potential.