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AALTO

As the man who was, for thirty years, behind one of Spain’s most iconic wines, Vega Sicilia, Mariano Garcia’s position as one of the country’s most highly regarded winemakers is beyond dispute.

Together with Javier Zaccagnini, former head of Ribera del Duero’s regulatory body, he is now the brainchild behind the sleekly modern Aalto winery that sits within the region. Thus, the person who knows where the best grapes are and the person who knows how to make them sing get together. How fortuitous.

Seductive, magical, astoundingly concentrated wines derived from very old vineyards, uniformly excellent and in limited quantities.
LOCATION
Valladolid, Spain
VARIETIES PLANTED
Tempranillo
CELLAR DOOR HOURS
Monday- Friday: 09:00- 15:30
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
92/100
94/100
95/100

Mariano Garcia

He was born in Valbuena de Duero (Valladolid, Spain) on March, 28th 1944. He began his work as a winemaker in the mid 1960’s. He studied at the Madrid School of Winemaking and Viticulture and made his first vintage at Vega Sicilia in 1968. In that year, he began to work as the main winemaker of this winery. He started the Alion winery in 1991 and continued to work at Vega Sicilia as technical director until 1998. In the 1970’s, he completed his oenological education by attending various courses and seminars. From 1980 he travelled regularly, visiting numerous wine regions around the world. He has been adviser to the Mauro Group since its creation in 1980, and in 1998, he became director and winemaker of the company. As a winemaker, Mariano rigorously controls the yields, respecting to the maximum the grapes and preserves the entire characteristics of the terroir and the variey, extracting fruit and mature tannins during the vinification, with the philosophy of obtaining full bodied, longeval wines but, at the same time fine, elegant and complex.

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VIRTUAL TASTING - AALTO RIBERA DEL DUERO

Join us for this tasting anywhere in New Zealand. If you haven't tasted AALTO, these are some of the finest (and most under-priced) red wines in the world. Established in 1999, the goal was to reach the quality of the best wines in the world within 20 years. They have achieved that, quickly rising to the upper echelons and being voted best wine of Spain several times. No surprise when the owner and winemaker had 30 years of experience at the helm of the most famous winery in the country. The legendary Mariano García Fernández was the Technical Director at the iconic Vega Sicilia from 1968 to 1998. AALTO is an extremely pure expression of 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), hand selected from a patchwork of tiny 40-80yr old low yielding organic plots, spread across the top villages and terroirs in Ribera del Duero. We will start with the rare La Comtesse Pazo Barrantes 2016, one of the greatest examples of Albariño in the world. Then we warm up with two vintages of AALTO, the 2017 and 2016. The final flight will be three vintages of the incredible AALTO PS. 2015/2016/2017. PS is a special selection from 60-100 year old vines, aged in 100% new French oak. These are powerful and intense wines with amazing balance and immense aging potential, yet they are still incredibly affordable for this quality.

Your ticket includes 50ml sample bottles of all wines. To ensure these samples reach you in safe and optimum condition, we will use the Coravin system to check for cork taint, the tasting bottles then filled under a veil of argon gas to minimise contact with air and prevent oxidation. The team will be using applicable protective practises when preparing the samples. They will then be dispatched to you before the tasting on Thursday evening. These are designed for short term storage, not for keeping in your cellar. Details will be included explaining how to set up your computer/phone/iPad to join the tasting, conducted via Zoom. If you cannot join the live tasting watch the replay at your leisure.
When  |  7:00pm Thursday 17 September
Where  |  via ZOOM
Price  |  $55.00
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