A variety that has become uber fashionable over the last five years, Albariño’s calling card is fantastic pure fruit and linear acidity, making it ubiquitous with seafood. Flavours range from lemon and grapefruit through to wet gravel and melon.
- Rias Baixas
A rare and wonderful grape
There are only 19,000 acres of this grape under vine, with 90% of the vines found in the grape’s new home to Rias Baixas. It was originally from Northern Portugal, where it can still be found under the guise of Alvarinho.
Rias Baixas in north west Spain is clearly the place to head for archetypal Albariño. The melon and grapefruit flavours come from a group aroma compounds called thiols, which are found in light wines from cooler climates; so look out for Albariño from regions like Marlborough and the north of Portugal.