(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.
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