(2021) Always one of my absolute favourite Albariño wines from Rías Baixas, and a particularly aromatic example, leafy, soft dill-like herbs, sea-spray and lemon on the nose, the palate pristine but very approachable, a softness to the fruit and acidity, but clarity too, elegant to the last mouthful. Available early May 2021
(2021) The red partner to the excellent Godello in the same range, this also comes from Galicia and is made from Mencia, the traditional grape of the Bierzo denomination. Unoaked, it's a smooth and vinous style, with cherry and black vine fruits, really nice bold flavours, firm cherry acidity and a stripe of tannin give it some energy and depth, finishing tangy and lip-smacking.
(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.
(2021) Unoaked, but aged for three months on the lees, this Albariño is part of a new brand from one of Galicia's co-operative cellars. It has a very charming and bright nose, a touch of glacé pineapple and ripe pear fruit, but that yeasty quality from the lees adds interest. In the mouth loads of zinging citrus fruit, again it has the precocious brightness, lots of vitality and good balancing acidity. Deliciously sippable.
(2021) From Monterrei in Galicia, way up on the Atlantic coast of northern Spain, this was a real hit with me when I tasted it back in May 2020, and many wine-pages visitors let me know they loved it too. Seven months on, the wine is just as good: sea-spray bright, tangy, vivacious and delicious. This and the Caiz Vinho Verde are a fine pair of whites for your consideration.
(2020) It's fairly unusual to be tasting a 2014 vintage Albariño in 2017, because this is a variety normally drunk just about as young and fresh as possible, but it is an Albariño that marches to a slightly different beat, being fermented with wild yeast and aged on the lees for 10 months. It has a touch of gold to the colour and mealy almond and herbal notes to the citrus aromas. There's some orange as well as lemon, and just a hint of something peachy. On the palate it is sheer and focused, keen, not too ripe apple and pear, that lemon again and a light saltiness to the acidity. Quite delicious.
(2020) Owned by Rioja's La Rioja Alta, Lagar de Cervera is one of the star names of Rías Baixas vintage after vintage. This has a really zippy, brightly-illuminated character, stone fruits but verging into tropical territory, and the preserved lemon tang of citrus and salt. In the mouth it is loveable and easy to drink, a hint of young wine spritz and a keen line of acidity giving both sipability and excellent fish and seafood-matching potential.
(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.
(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.