Left Field wines are the birthplace of the unexpected, the weird and the wonderful. They take a whimsical approach to exploration, creativity and imagination.
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".
ABV = 13.0%.