Albariño, Martin Códax, Rias Baixas DO, Spain, 2011, 12.5% abv. C$22.90

Go out and get a bottle of this – bypass the Sauvignon Blanc, the Chardonnay and the Pinot Grigio.  Here is a fabulous little Spanish white that not only tastes great, but punches well above its weight and is a great deal. Martin Codax

A full 90% of all the grapes planted in Rias Baixas are Albariño (or Alvarinho as it’s called in nearby Portugal) – it flourishes there.

This version  is a shade of lemon with light legs and a seascape of aromas including crushed seashells, rocks wet with brine, lemon and lime rind and lightly honeyed stone fruit.

The dry palate is striking with white peach and apricot, bergamot lime, herbal lemongrass and a relatively long finish.

Intricate and fresh, it’s fabulous with seafood (we matched it with just-bought spot prawns sautéed with garlic and shallots).

Refreshing, unique, a WSET Very Good choice – drink now; not meant for ageing.

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