(2023) Made by Pagos del Rey, a group with wineries in several Spanish regions, this come from RÃas Baixas, the most celebrated region for the AlbariÃ±o variety. There's a touch of elderflower and kiwi fruit on the nose here, rather Sauvignonesque, a light smoke and peach beneath, only a whisper of the saline character these wines sometimes display. The palate has a certain richness. Is there a little residual sugar here? Though a big, citrussy acid core comes through on the finish, I do find this has that slightly sweet 'n sour, maybe even cloying character, meaning it lacks the ultimate crispness I look for in RÃas Baixas.
(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 AlbariÃ±o, 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 AlbariÃ±o 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 AlbariÃ±o. 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 AlbariÃ±o 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 AlbariÃ±o 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.