Newsflash - it's now five Gold Medals and four Trophies!!
Our 2012 vintage Albariño, the "Bell Ringer", is now on the market and it's a stunner. Since its release in August it has already been awarded Gold Medals at 4 national wine shows, and evenly more impressively the Trophy for Champion Wine in Class at 3 of them. Air New Zealand and Bragato Wine Awards account for 2 of the trophies, the other being won at the International Aromatic Wine Competition.
|Delwyn and Doug Bell are great friends of ours and pioneering grape growers, with varieties in their care that include Arneis, Viognier and Marsanne. Their decision to plant Albariño in Gisborne back in 2009 was vindicated with the first full harvest this year.
Albariño hails from the Rias Baixas DO in Galicia in north-west Spain. The average rainfall there is around 1300mm per annum. Gisborne’s annual rainfall is lower than this, but in the spring and summer of 2011/2012 there were numerous rain events and this meant, come harvest time, many growers were battling disease in their vineyards. The Bell Albariño however shone like a beacon. When we harvested it on Sunday 25 March, it was in perfect health, seemingly unaffected by the inclement weather.
In the winery our inputs were minimal. The bulk of the parcel was tank fermented using a commercial yeast strain. Fifteen percent of the juice went to seasoned barrels. These barrels were left to ferment spontaneously and gave us a wine significantly different in character to the tank fermented component. The two parcels were then recombined in tank and left on lees for three months before the wine was stabilised and bottled.
The resultant wine displays all of the purity and freshness that we expected from the variety.
There are two reasons why this wine is called Bell-Ringer. First, and most obviously, it is grown by Delwyn and Doug Bell, but also, it is as pure and as vibrant as the peal of a bell.
It's pure and fresh, with delicious flavours of citrus and peach, a lovely touch of minerality and great length.
Ask for it at your local wine merchant or buy on line, direct from Coopers Creek.