In the cellar – Albariño 2012
ALBARIÑO 2012, Terras Gauda, Rias Baixas, Spain.
Albarino is synonymous with Galicia and the green Atlantic-fringed corner of western Spain. The grape is sometimes known as ‘Spanish gold’, a reference not only to its colour but also to its quality.
Grown in Portugal, where it is known as Alvarinho, Albarino?s flavours tease and please on multiple levels. Citric notes are plentiful; the Albarino disports ripe grapefruit, lime and kiwi; the wine also has good sugar levels balanced by wonderfully natural acids and crystalline minerality.
Despite its high acidity, Albarino is not a wine that ages well. Although it is often compared to German Riesling, Albarino is best sampled young because it has a tendency to oxidize quickly. The perfect accompaniment to a whole range of fish and shellfish, such as this month?s On the Menu of Seared south coast mackerel with baby beetroots, horseradish and shiso.
The Albarino from Terras Gauda, Rias Baixas, Spain is the perfect partner to mackerel. It is classic citric Albarino, as refreshing as it is aromatic and will easily cut through the oil of this wonderful dish. Albarino is the product of its environment, a true wine of the sea. It is a reminder of where water, sky and land meet; it quenches the thirst, lifts the spirits and can transport you to a wild, beautiful landscape.
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