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"Bell-Ringer" Gisborne Albarino 2015
A delicious new style hailing from Northern Spain and perfect with seafood of all types.
Albariño hails from the North West of Spain and Northern Portugal. This wine is so named because it tastes and smells as pure as the peal of a bell, and it was grown by Doug and Delwyn Bell in their vineyard just outside of Gisborne. Vintage 2015 was tremendous in Gisborne and we were able to harvest fruit of real quality. This tank fermented wine was handpicked and whole bunch pressed to give us juice of great character and flavour. Our inputs were minimal and were all designed to preserve as much purity as we were able to do. We have only used the ‘free run’ juice from each pressing to craft this wine.
At bottling the wine was very pale with light green tints. With time we expect that it will develop some pale gold hints.
Pure and fresh, with hints of citrus and peach.
Medium bodied and zesty. This wine has a brilliant acid line and this gives the palate real length.
Thus far, our Albariños have been aging more slowly than we expected. The wine is delightful in its youth, but may well age beautifully into the medium term.
Perfect with seafood, chicken and paella
Independent Reviewer's Comment
"An intriguing and distinctive Albariño, with a pronounced salty, mineral tang with orange blossom, lime and a suggestion of apricot. A dash of sweetness is supported by lively acidity to give a bone-dry finish. A wine with character and style." Bob Campbell March 2016
4 1/2 Stars/93 Points
Bob Campbell 2016
Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide 2016
4 Stars/Best Buy
Winestate Magazine May 2016
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