Valtonar Alegria Rosado D.O. Ribera del Duero
A lovely rose made from Tempranillo and Merlot. Fermented with the grapes natural yeasts without additives, then lightly fined with egg whites. It's very low in sulphites as Valtonar are ardent fans of making wines as naturally as possible.
Soft strawberry flavours with good body and a dry finish.
Don't be put off by the amateur photo - it isn't this dark in real life. It's a lovely wine, give it a go!
Valtonar is an excellent small family winery run by the father and his two sons, although one of them only works there part time. They own 30 hectares consisting of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. They farm organically but refuse to go for certification, as it is expensive and they don't believe they should have to pay to make wine properly - and I fully agree with them, as EU Organic certification rules are very lax and it's no longer a guarantee of a natural healthy wine.
They harvest everything by hand and ferment the grapes with only their natural yeasts. They don't filter the wine either, instead they move the barrels outside overnight where the drop in temperature clarifies the wine through a natural process. They make wine traditionally and use virtually no additives.
|Location||Ribera del Duero, Spain|
|Winery status||Tiny "father and son" winery|
|Grapes||90% Tempranillo – 10% Merlot|
|Free sulphur||25mg/l, 28mg/l for 2016|
|Grapes Own Yeast||Yes|
|No wood used||Yes|
|Sulphite level||Very Low|