(2019) From RÃas Baixas, a cool hot-spot for crisp, seafood-friendly wines on Spain's northern Atlantic coast, this has the mix of sea-breeze salinity and pretty floral and peachy fruit that is so appealing. Bone-dry, it has an invigorating, fresh-squeezed lemon juice directness, electric on the tongue, but it is not without those hints of peach juice ripeness and sweetness, a bit of broadening, yeasty character and that saline hint of thickerÂ texture that would make it a wonderful partner for ceviche or sushi, or freshly shucked oysters perhaps. Â£10.80 for Daily Drinker club members who enjoy a 10% discount.
(2018) This wine is not currently retailed in the UK, but its price appears to be very similar to the straight AlbariÃ±o. It is a blend of 68% AlbariÃ±o with Treixadura, CaiÃ±o and Loureiro. Hinting at tropical fruit and honeysuckle on the nose, there are floral notes too, it seems ripe and sweetly vibrant. A passion fruit note continues onto the palate, before being tensioned by its lemon and lime juice acid backbone.
(2018) Much more mealy and salty, immediately seems a little more serious with those leesy notes, more green to both colour and aroma too, giving a touch of figgy richness. So fresh on the palate, beautiful firm white fruit, more structured, more dense, but that saline tang and fresh, firm lemon acidity are delightful on the finish.
(2016) Adegas Gran Vinum is a family-owned company which produces the Esencia Divina AlbariÃ±o, hand-harvested then made in stainless steel with some lees ageing. Pale in colour, the nose here is saline and fresh, touched with a little lime blossom and peach, but delicate. On the palate it is a bone-dry, grapefruit pith and lemony style that is well done, but it is an AlbariÃ±o crying out for some shellfish perhaps. Stockist and price for the 2015 vintage.
(2016) Torre de Ermelo's AlbariÃ±o is bottled in screwcap which makes perfect sense but which is actually quite unusual for this appellation. There's a leesy, lightly cotton-candy note to this, with ripe apple aromas and a touch of herby lift. Crisp in the mouth, that background nuttiness from the lees plays with the dry Cox's Pippin fruit and big lemon zest burst of acidity rather nicely.
(2016) There's a really pleasing herb and nettle touch to this wine, fermented with ambient yeasts, adding a little hint of wildness to lovely pert fruit and shimmering lemon fresh acidity. A clear and bright example of lovely quality.
(2016) Terra de Asorei is a cooperative cellar, and this is a handsomely packaged AlbariÃ±o with a bit of leesy and citrus peel punch and immediate appeal, the floral aspects adding more delicacy. The palate display lovely orange and lime fruit, before a lemony, rather pithy, but undoubtedly fresh finish. Stockist and price quoted is for the 2015 vintage.
(2016) Bodegas Attis's rendition of AlbariÃ±o has a natural character to the aromas, subtle and lightly earthy over some oatmeal and crisp orchard fruit. It's cool on the palate too, fairly understated with its citrus and crisp apple tones, but nicely textured, glimpses of sweeter nectarine on the mid-palate, and a nicely composed, quite long finish. Stockist and price quoted is for the 2012 vintage.
(2016) From northerly vineyards close to the Portuguese border and schist (slate) soils, this is juicy but full, and packed with fruit and substance. Really tangy and personality-packed stuff, it shimmers with vitality.
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