Updated: Mar 16, 2021
What does it taste like?
Lime, Peach, Floral, Lemon,Sea spray, Grapefruit
This vibrant Spanish/Portuguese grape variety is characterized by a uniquely palate-tingling, light-bodied freshness. Imagine an invigorating sea breeze blowing through an orchard on a scorching summer day: fresh, fruity and aromatic, with a bracing hint of salinity. It’s the natural partner of ceviche, sushi and Friday fish and chips.
Where should I start with albariño?
Spain: Albariño is a thick-skinned grape variety which means it can thrive in damp, high-altitude vineyards by the sea – in Spain that means the Galician region of Rías Baixas - without succumbing to mould or rot unlike some other more delicate varieties. The higher altitude means a cooler climate, stopping the grape from over-ripening in the heat and giving the fresh, bright acidity and gives the grape its characteristic mouthwatering character, combined with white florals and succulent, ripe orchard fruit.
Portugal: In Portugal alvarinho usually makes up part of the blend for Vinho Verde, the country’s much-loved, slightly spritzy and peachy white wine. You’ll also find single-varietal alvarinho which thrives in the coolish maritime climate, and bursts with Atlantic freshness.
However, albarinho isn’t just confined to bright and breezy styles. You can find richer, more textural examples which have been aged on their lees (natural yeasts leftover from ageing) or given some time in oak for more texture, complexity and a touch of creaminess.
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