Wine region: Styria
Variety: chardonnay, riesling
Maceration: 4-8 days
Maturation: 2 years in oak barrels
Boris’s tip: Take something spicy and enjoy the wine.
Alter is produced from Chardonnay and Rhenish Riesling. After two years of maturation, the wine is bottled without filtration. The color is a medium deep golden yellow with amber hues. The flower is accentuated, it smells strongly of apricots, yellow fruits, a bit of cinnamon and caramel. In the mouth it is dry, medium-bodied, a little tart, acids are higher, ripe, lively. The taste is full and harmonious. The wine is very complex, tasty, mineral with nice fresh acidity and a long, rich aftertaste. An intense aroma of rind fruit dominates, flint is also noticeable.
Pairing with food: Veal, White meat, Poultry, Pasta, Vegetable risottos.
Orange wine, also known as skin-contact white wine, skin-fermented white wine, or amber wine, is a type of wine made from white wine grapes where the grape skins are not removed, as in typical white wine production and stay in contact with the juice for days or even months. This contrasts with conventional white wine production, which involves crushing the grapes and quickly moving the juice off the skins into the fermentation vessel. The skins contain colour pigment, phenols and tannins that would normally be considered undesirable for white wines, while for red wines skin contact and maceration is a vital part of the winemaking process that gives red wine its color, flavor, and texture.
Maceration is the winemaking process where tannins coloring agents and flavor compounds—are leached from the grape skins, seeds and stems into the must. To macerate is to soften by soaking, and maceration is the process by which the red wine receives its red color, since raw grape juice is clear-grayish in color.