We love the saline freshness of a good Rías Baixas Albariño and so we were thrilled to get this example made by the De Andres Sisters. This corner of northwest Spain is lush and green, with the local wines being heavily influenced by the Atlantic - and this zesty and mineral Albariño is a great example of the region.
On the nose expect firm stone fruit aromas with blanched almonds. The palate is crisp but generous with plenty of lemon and apricot fruit character, complimented by a twist of tarragon and a flinty finish.
This wine makes you think of the coast and is a go-to for seafood. However, it's really versatile and is a delight with white meats or goats cheese salads.
/ 75cl bottle
On Spain’s rugged northwest coast lies Rias Baixas, the home of Albariño, one of the country’s most desirable dry white wines. The area itself is made up of five subzones, all sharing granite based soils and a damp, cool maritime climate, due to the proximity of the Atlantic. This ocean influence gives these wines a delicious zesty, saline zing.
Due to the humidity and rain traditionally vines are grown using the pergola style - meaning they are suspended 2m above the ground using granite pillars to provide better ventilation and reduce the risk of fungal disease.
The area is great to visit, and is not too far from Santiago de Compostela. Known for its shellfish, a popular local dish alongside a glass of Albariño is ‘percebes’ - lobster flavoured goose barnacles from the local cliffs.