Albariño, Eidos de Padriñán, Rias Baixas DO, Spain, 2013, 12.5% abv, US$19.

albarinoThis wine is made in tiny Padriñán on the cool, wet north western Atlantic coast of Spain.  Hanging off the edge of Spain, Padriñán is south of Santiago de Compostela and not so far across the border with Portugal from Porto.

Made from 100% Albariño grapes off 50+ year old vines on a south facing slope overlooking Sanxenxo harbour, this wine is a real stunner.  Albariño is the Galician name for this grape that also goes by Alvarinho or Caino Branco in Portugal.

Pale lemon with light legs, the nose is full of intense ripe peach and apricot, Meyer lemon and almond with salt.  It’s very stony and the bright fruit plays mind tricks on you, making you think it will be sweet.

But, while the palate is fruity, the wine is dry with medium plus acidity and medium minus alcohol.  The flavours include more citrus pith and peach, apricot and sea salt with almond, yet it’s not bitter in the slightest.

WSET Very Good – a really lovely, deliciously fruity wine but with accompanying acidity and sharp minerality, excellent with fresh pan-seared halibut with lemon and wild rice.  Made to drink and enjoy now; do not lay down.

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