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Showing posts with label Albarino. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Albarino. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2011 Vela Albarino

Another Albarino from Rias Baixis in Spain, coming from the rather difficult 2011 vintage in the region. This wine Spent approximately five months on lees, giving it some savory depth and character.

Apricot and stewed apple on the nose along with some savory yeasty elements. Soft palate with fairly low acidity and somewhat reminiscent of Viognier. This wine was much more interesting with food.

Price:      $20
Source:   Stewart's Wine Co.
Varietal:  Albarino
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    89
Website:  www.vela-albarino.com.au

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

2011 Pazo Barrantes Albarino

This wine comes the Spanish region of Rias Baxis, the region best known for the production of Albarino. There seems to be a decent amount of this available in Australia, as I've seen it at a few of the larger retail stores. A good introduction to this grape and wine style.

Soflty aromatic with notes of apricot, cashew, lemon, and wet stone. There are also  hints of some more savory elements, perhaps resulting from some lees contact. A clean dry palate with more lemon and a hint of peach. An all round good value Albarino that is easy to find here in Australia.

Price:      $20
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Albarino
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    92
Website:  www.pazobarrantes.com.



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2012 Tscharke 'Girl Talk' Savignin

Savignin  is a grape closely related to Gewurztraminer, Traminer, and Albarino which has made proper identification a little bit confusing. An excellent article by James Halliday on the history of this grape can be found here.

Originally brought to Australia in 1832 by James Busby, the grapes for this wine, as well as some others around Australia, were imported by the viticultural arm of CSIRO and were thought to be Albarino. It wasn't until an expert in grape identification from France (an ampelographer) toured some Australian vineyards and noticed that it more closely resembled Savignin than Albarino, that the grape wines were reclassified.

The confusion is quite understandable when you taste this wine, as it really is reminiscent of a nice Albarino. Smells of pear, lemon, wet stone, and perhaps a whiff of honey. A nice clean, dry wine with a good lick of acidity. I've had a couple of bottles of this now, and am sure to have more.

Price:      $20
Source:   Dan Murphy's
Varietal:  Savignin
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  www.tscharke.com.au