Esk Valley 2020 Hawkes Bay Albarino

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Albarino is a successful variety in New Zealand. Esk Valley takes it v ery seriously working with some of their best terraced vineyards and fermenting and ageing the wine partially in 600 litre barrels. The result is a full flavoured and quite rich expression of Albarino with notes of stoned and tropical fruits

New Zealand | Hawkes Bay | Esk Valley | 100% Albarino | ABV 14% | Drink 2021 - 2022

The Grape Variety

Albarino

Albarino

Albarino is a variety that originates in the Rias Baixas DO of Galicia in north-west Spain and over the border into Portugal, to the region of Minho as a component for making Vinho Verde, where it is known as Alvarinho. The proximity to the cold currents of the Atlantic allows for the gentle ripening of this variety.

No longer a niche variety, Albarino is now grown in many regions of the New World, with many great successes in New Zealand and South Africa.

The wines have great appeal, many have the citrus character of Riesling, while there are richer examples which bear similarity to Viognier, and of course, several points in between these two.

The Country

New Zealand

New Zealand

Brits have fallen in love with the wines of New Zealand. The affair probably has much to do with the colonial heritage, but it also has a great deal to do with the excellent, benchmark wines that are produced here. The story must begin with Sauvignon Blanc, but certainly doesn’t end there. Since the 1970s the region of Marlborough has become the go-to area, perhaps in the world, for bright, crystalline ‘Savs’ which gave the French something to think about. But now, it is becoming as equally famous for its Pinots, which are now beyond just being less expensive alternatives to Burgundy, instead showing regional characteristics, from the dark cherry and spice of Central Otago to the brawn and dried herbs of Martinborough.

A special mention goes to the Chardonnays of Kumeu River of Auckland, as these are some of the most remarkable wines from this variety in the Southern Hemisphere.

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