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Bodegas Terras Gauda Albarino Abadia De San Campio, Rias Baixas 2018 (1x75cl)

See blue link below for awards won over the vintages by this wine.

Bodegas Terras Gauda Albarino Abadia De San Campio 2017 - awards

A premium boutique winery group, the Terras Gauda wineries were founded in 1989. The original Terras Gauda estates and winery are located in O Rosal, Rias Baixas,; the group also encompasses Pittacum in DO Bierzo and Quinta Sardonia in the Douro area, the most recent addition to the group founded by Peter Sisseck.   

Terras Gauda is a leader in working with the heirloom varieties of Rías Baixas, including Albariño and the rare Caiño Blanco, an indigenous grape used in the O Rosal blend and showcased in the limited bottling, Terras Gauda La Mar. Caiño Blanco almost disappeared from Rías Baixas in the 1980s, until Terras Gauda rediscovered its high quality and launched an ambitious replanting program in 1989.

See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note on this wine from the winemakers at Bodegas Terra Gauda.

Bodegas Terras Gauda Albarino Abadia De San Campio 2017 - fiche technique

100% Albarino.

On the aromatic side, the 2017 vintage stands out for its marked and fresh nuances of tropical fruits, where ripe pineapple and mango predominate, accompanied by delicate citrus aromas of lime and grapefruit, together with a light reminder of pear and apple. These aromas are enhanced by the cold maceration. This harvest shines for its strength and balance on the palate. Its fresh acidity, typical of a mature Albarino, is well integrated, giving rose to a flavourful, rich, friendly, very alive and appetizing character. The aftertaste again brings aromas of tropical fruit, with a very long finish.

£14.90

Bodegas Terras Gauda O Rosal, Rias Baixas 2018 (1x75cl)

A premium boutique winery group, the Terras Gauda wineries were founded in 1989. The original Terras Gauda estates and winery are located in O Rosal, Rias Baixas,; the group also encompasses Pittacum in DO Bierzo and Quinta Sardonia in the Douro area, the most recent addition to the group founded by Peter Sisseck.   

Terras Gauda is a leader in working with the heirloom varieties of Rías Baixas, including Albariño and the rare Caiño Blanco, an indigenous grape used in the O Rosal blend and showcased in the limited bottling, Terras Gauda La Mar. Caiño Blanco almost disappeared from Rías Baixas in the 1980s, until Terras Gauda rediscovered its high quality and launched an ambitious replanting program in 1989.

The flagship wine of the winery, Terras Gauda O Rosal is a beautiful representation of a blend of native grapes traditional to the Rías Baixas DO. The estate vineyards are grown in the O Rosal Valley, located on the Galician riverbanks of the Miño River. This wine’s personality comes from a blend of the legendary Albariño, Loureira and Caiño Blanco.

See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note on this wine from the winemakers at Bodegas Terra Gauda.

Bodegas Terras Gauda O Rosal 2018 - fiche technique

70% Albariño, 22% Caíño and 8% Loureiro.

The result of the combination of the grape varieties is striking. This is a wine of great complexity where clear citrus aromas of mandarín and orange peel, peach and aniseed mingle with pleasant undertones of earth, jasmine blosson and hay leaf. Its powerful structure and character are impressive, filling the palate with fleshiness and velvety sensations. At the same time it is fresh, cheerful and very lively thanks to its excellent acidity, treating us to a pleasant, intense and very long finish. Both its aromas on the palate as well as its taste sensations reflect the good ripening conditions of the 2018 vintage.

£17.10

Te Awa Left Field Albarino 2018 (1x75cl)

Left Field wines are the birthplace of the unexpected, the weird and the wonderful. They take a whimsical approach to exploration, creativity and imagination. Take this video of theirs, for example.

The winery is situated in the sacred Gimblett Gravels, a gift left behind from the trails of the old Ngaruroro River which meandered through the region until a huge flood changed its course in 1867. 

Under the watchful eye of winemaker, Richard Painter, a sense of exploration runs deep at Left Field, just like the ancient Ngaruroro River winding its way through the Gimblett Gravels, always seeking a different path. When it comes to winemaking, curiosity reigns and rules are made to be broken, weaving together a rich tapestry to bring forth Left Field wines.

Albariño ripens well in the warmth and sunshine of the Gisborne region of New Zealand's North Island. Grapes are hand-harvested from the Brian Tietjin and Bushmere vineyards and whole-bunch pressed prior to a fermentation, 90% as clear juice in stainless steel and 10% with indigenous yeast in seasoned oak puncheons.

The nose shows aromas of citrus flowers, melon and peach; the palate shows some richness and weight (= that 10% oak/wild yeast at work) and is backed by stone fruit and lime on the finish.

The makers (unsurprisingly) say: "Gorgeous little citrus flowers link arms with melon and peach to dance in the sunshine, always maintaining an air of class. Meanwhile, lime lingers in the shadows vying for attention".

£10.95

Altos de Jose Ignacio Albarino 2018 (1x75cl)

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Altos de Jose Ignacio Albarino 2018  - fiche technique

(as can be seen from the data sheet, this wine is 'incredibly similar to' the more expensive Garzon Reserva Albarino...)

Pale yellow with greenish reflections, this Albariño is intense in the nose, with peach and citrus notes. The freshness and minerality mid-palate is superb, with remarkable acidity and a round, crisp finish.

£14.70

Bodegas Castro Martin A2O Albarino 2017 (1x75cl)

The delightful Angela Martin and her husband, Andrew McCarthy, run the Castro Martin estate in Rias Baixas, on Spain's Galician coast, where production of Albarino at their bodega can be traced back to as far as 1887. Angela and Andrew have always worked ahead of the curve, creating beautiful expressive wines some five years before Rias Baixas even became a protected geographical region.

Here Bodegas Castro Martin explain this wine's unusual name: "The name of the wine is A-2-O (not A-twenty), and is derived from the word Albariño itself. The word starts with the letter A and ends in the letter O. In other words from A to O…. simple, but not very romantic!"

The winemakers have produced an excellent information and tasting sheet for this wine. To see this please click on the blue link below.

Bodegas Castro Martin A2O - fiche technique

£13.40

Bodega Garzon Reserva Albarino 2018 (1x75cl)

The 2017 vintage was awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition feature on Uruguay  (see blue link below).

Garzon Reserva Albarino 2017 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

The 2016 vintage was awarded 95 points and a Platinum Best In Category (Best Central South American White) at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards (www.decanter.com): see their August 2017 DWWA supplement (see blue link below).

Garzon Reserva Albarino 2016 - 2017 DWWA Decanter review

For full details of this unusual but superb wine, we would point you towards Garzon's own, excellent fiche technique/data sheet (click here).

This Albariño wine from Garzón will be the icon of Uruguayan wines, portraying ripe aromas of white peaches, citrus fruits (eg grapefruit) and featuring floral notes of jasmine. It has a fresh, crisp and fruity mouth feel on the palate with mineral notes, and is rounded off with extremely fresh and balanced acidity, with good structure and a delicious mouth-watering finish.

£15.75
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