(2021) I've actually been able to taste this a number of times now, as it seems to pop up regularly as a special Lidl parcel. From Galicia in the northwest of Spain, it is a wine in a crisp and fresh, dry style. There's a hint of fresh, briney ocean spray on the nose, as well as yellow plum and pear. In the mouth fine, a very light spritz adds to the fresh fruitiness, a tangy oranges and lemons acidity, and again that little hint of salinity to finish. Stylish.
(2020) I last wrote about the 2015 vintage of this unusual Albariño, making it my Wine of the Week. This 2018 is another cracking little buy as part of Lidl's 'Wine Tour', May 2020. Barrel-fermented Albariño is rare as hen's teeth, but when I taste this I am not sure why: a little nutty, nougat and flinty note is delightful, carrying through the palate where they add a creamy touch of vanilla to the peachy fruit and firm lemony acidity. Intriguing stuff and once again, a definite two thumbs up from me.
(2017) What a delicious take on Rias Baixas this is, with the unusual hint of oak from barrel ageing giving a sweet, rounding infill of cream and vanilla - not too much - to the racy, seaside-fresh fruit of classic Albariño. Broader in texture too, there's a nutty apple dryness and lick of salt and lemon pith in the juicy acidity of the finish. Undoubtedly a star of this special collection for me.
(2014) With its light (12.5% alcohol) body, clean texture and straightforward apple and citrus flavours this may seem a touch underwhelming at first, but then the subtle mineral character, teasing glimpse of vivacious sweet fruit and perfectly balanced acidity work their charms - especially with fish, seafood or spaghetti con vongole perhaps.
(2014) Nice peach and apricot fragrance, with freshness and life about it, good acidity and deliciously bright and light in character. A nice blend, showing some of the honey and herbs of the Albariño and nice citrus crunch.
(2010) >From the cool, Atlantic-influenced Rias Baixas in northwest Spain, this has a brilliantly vivid nose, the crunchy, tropical fruit notes much more punchy than in many examples, with tiny floral hints and plenty of luscious, ripe stone-fruit aromas. On the palate this has the typical salty tang and edge of the Albariño grape, but the slightly exotic fruit - even hints of banana - plays on the tongue and the core of crisply-defined citrus acidity never waivers. A lovely wine this, and a banker for seafood and lighter fish dishes.