(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.
(2020) Part of Lidl UK's latest 'Wine Tour' of special parcels, this came into stores on May 21st 2020 and is available while stocks last. From Galicia in the northwest of Spain, now more famous for its Albariño wines, Godello is another traditional variety of the region, the wines made in a similar 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. Super stylish. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas.
(2019) From Rías 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 thicker texture that would make it a wonderful partner for ceviche or sushi, or freshly shucked oysters perhaps. £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 Albariño. It is a blend of 68% Albariño with Treixadura, Caiño 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.
(2017) Made by Bodegas Gallegas in the Salnés zone of Rias Baixas on the extreme northwest of Atlantic Spain, this is a good, solid example that might not have attracted my attention but for the fact that is on offer at an almost giveaway £3.99 for two days in UK Lidl stores, 21st and 22nd October 2017. That embeds it even further into the 'useful everyday white' category. Fresh and fruity, it misses the mineral saltiness of the best examples, but the apple peel and citrus nose is joined by a hint of something floral. Dry on the palate (just 3g/l of residual sugar) it is balanced between the simple gluggy fruit and a good dollop of acidity. Watch the video for more information.
(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.
(2016) From Galicia in cool, Atlantic-influenced northwestern Spain, this is a bold red wine made from the local Sousón variety, AKA the Sousão of the Douro and Vinhão of red Vinho Verde. Deep and rich in colour, it has a black/blue fruit intensity, damson, blueberry and black plum, a touch of clove and a whisper of iodine and leather. Filling the mouth, it has plushness and depth, but there's a peppery, lean streak of acidity that can only be found in cooler climates, giving this freshness and a certain tartness and crunch that gives a wonderfully moreish, gastronomic character too. Terrific stuff, and note that Daily Drinker members can buy with 10% off. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
(2016) Adegas Gran Vinum is a family-owned company which produces the Esencia Divina Albariño, 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 Albariño crying out for some shellfish perhaps. Stockist and price for the 2015 vintage.
(2016) Torre de Ermelo's Albariño 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.