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2016 Waimea Albarino

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Albariño, native to Galicia on the North Atlantic coast of Spain, is revered for its delightfully fresh aromatics and brisk acidity. Though still brisk, this offering is a touch softer than previous vintages while maintaining typical aromas of white peach, jasmine and the seaside. It has a dry, crisp, salty mineral-driven palate that pairs elegantly with seafood and garden fresh salads. For something truly exquisite try with freshly shucked oysters!

Harvest

 Harvest 2016 was unusual in that it provided more than its fair share of challenges to test our nerve and skill as winegrowers. Spring rainfall was well below the norm - almost drought conditions, then a touch of hail, and then heavy rains. This resulted in a lot of pacing about vineyards and an intense obsession with weather forecasts!

 However patience and perseverance has rewarded us with some intensely flavoursome wines, in particular the Albariño has shone this year. Notably 2016 was across the board a lower acidity season resulting in a slightly softer Albariño this year. Providing, maybe, an opportunity for the more cautious of tasters to try this vibrant variety.

 

Winemaking


Two parcels of Albariño come together to create this wine. One from our Hope vineyard on Main Road Hope and the other from our winery’s immediate neighbour, the Harrey’s.  Both parcels were harvested in the second week of April.  Once the fruit made the short jaunt to the winery it was quickly processed to the press. The press cycles carefully monitored and the hard pressings separated off.

 Though geographically very close and on very similar soils the two parcels were uniquely characterful - perhaps due to clonal differences. To this end the juices were cold settled and racked to two tanks, for separate ferments. Two yeast strains were chosen - each for their ability to emphasize the gorgeous floral and breeziness of the variety and matched to the most compatible juice.

 The ensuing ferments were monitored and arrested when just a dash of residual sugar best emphasized fruit characters but did not distract from the icy freshness of this wine. The two resulting wines complimented each beautifully and were blended and prepared for bottling on the 29th of September.

 

Tasting Note

Albariño, native to Galicia on the North Atlantic coast of Spain, is revered for its delightfully fresh aromatics and brisk acidity. Though still brisk, this offering is a touch softer than previous vintages while maintaining typical aromas of white peach, jasmine and the seaside. It has a dry, crisp, salty mineral-driven palate that pairs elegantly with seafood and garden fresh salads. For something truly exquisite try with freshly shucked oysters!

Careful cellaring will reward an almond-like richness.

 

Accolades

 4½ stars and 90/100 - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

“Pristine and delicately aromatic, the elegant bouquet shows white nectarine, lemon peel, green rockmelon and floral characters. The palate offers excellent focus and purity, combined with vibrant acidity, finishing superbly long and crisp. A brilliant wine to partner fresh seafood dishes.”

Technical Details

Alcohol:              12.5%

Acidity:               8.3 g/L

pH:                     3.14

Residual Sugar:   4.3 g/L

EAN:                  9419589002076

 

Awards

  • 4 1/2 Stars - Wine Orbit



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