2018 Forrest Albarino
Albariño is the classic Galician (northwestern) Spanish white varietal. We’ve planted it in our hottest site; the Southern Valleys vineyard, very old complex soils with a touch of clay. Terroir we already know is fantastic for giving wines fabulous aromatic intensity and textural complexity.
The grapes were machine harvested in the cool of the morning, cold settled and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks prior to blending and finishing for bottling in spring.
This wine shows why our Southern Valleys vineyards are so special. Everything we’d hoped for and showing all the traditional Albariño elements, plus that extra fruit lift of New Zealand to keep it interesting. Vibrant acidity, white peach, winter cole pear, apricots and quince, with an orange zest undertone. It’s full and textural, yet refreshing and nicely balanced, with drying minerality to finish.