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2014 Waimea Albarino

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Native to Galicia, an ancient wine exporting region of Spain’s wet Atlantic north-west, Albariño is notable for its’ striking acidity and fresh flavours. For this reason it has been compared to Riesling but also to Viognier because of its fleshy stone fruit characters.
Grown on stony soils (as are the Waimea Plains) it delivers a mineral-driven and tautly structured wine. Our first offering has aromas and flavours reminiscent of icy cold sea water, florals and white peach. Persistent and linear on the palate this wine is the epitome of ‘fresh’ - making it an easy match with seafood and garden fresh salads. For something truly exquisite try with freshly shucked oysters! Careful cellaring will provide an almond like richness as the wine develops. Traditional proteinaceous fining agents have not being used in this wine, it is therefore suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Enjoy now and until our next release.

Harvest

Harvest 2014 was notable for the excellent quality of fruit produced thanks to a season that was warm and dry for Nelson. Excellent concentration of flavours and ripeness levels were reached several weeks earlier than expected, resulting in an early start to harvesting in the second week of March. Fortuitously this meant that when more than 200mm of rain hit the upper North Island mid-April our fruit was now juice, happily fermenting in the winery. 

Winemaking

We carefully scrutinized the pre-harvest analysis of this fruit and looked hard at it in the vineyard-it has a fantastic acidity we are not familiar with! Once the fruit was golden and dripping from the vine we knew regardless of numbers it was time to bring it in. Snaffled up in the cold of pre-dawn, on the 27th March it arrived at the winery and was quickly processed to the press. The press cycle was carefully monitored and the hard pressing separated off. From here on in this wine was treated gently and with minimal intervention. Being our first offering of this wine we are getting to know how it behaves in our environment, wanting the fruit to truly sing without winemaking techniques overlaying its true character. To this end the juice was cold settled then inoculated for ferment with a German yeast chosen for its proven ability to respect floral and delicate fruit flavours. The ferment was kept very cool so as to preserve aromatics and then arrested when we felt the wine was in balance with just a dash of residual sugar. The wine then sat on fine lees for 1 month before bottling on the 1st of August.

 

Tasting Notes

Native to Galicia, an ancient wine exporting region of Spain’s wet Atlantic north-west, Albariño is notable for its’ striking acidity and fresh flavours. For this reason it has been compared to Riesling but also to Viognier because of its fleshy stone fruit characters.
Grown on stony soils (as are the Waimea Plains) it delivers a mineral-driven and tautly structured wine. Our first offering has aromas and flavours reminiscent of icy cold sea water, florals and white peach. Persistent and linear on the palate this wine is the epitome of ‘fresh’ - making it an easy match with seafood and garden fresh salads. For something truly exquisite try with freshly shucked oysters! Careful cellaring will provide an almond like richness as the wine develops. Traditional proteinaceous fining agents have not being used in this wine, it is therefore suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Enjoy now and until our next release.

Technical Detail

 Varietal: 100% Albarino
Alcohol: 13.5%
Acidity: 9.3 g/L
pH: 3.22
Res Sugar: 4.7 g/L
EAN: 9419589002076

Awards

  • Gold - International Aromatics Wine Competition 2014
  • 4 Stars - Wine Orbit
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