Forrest Marlborough Albariño 2021

October 1, 2021By Yvonne

Forrest Marlborough Albariño 2021 $28 While albariño (al-bar-een-yo) might be more famous in its Galician homeland in northwestern Spain, it’s clearly settled and thriving nicely under Marlborough’s baking Southern Valleys sun. Erupting with fresh apple blossom, lemon zest and peachy aromatics and washing waves of whipcrack acidity around the gums and nashi and lime across … Read More

Sileni Advocate Grand Reserve Hawke’s Bay Albariño 2020

August 8, 2021By Yvonne

Sileni Advocate Grand Reserve Hawke’s Bay Albariño 2020 $24 There’s an old Spanish saying “when you want a tasty friend and not a foe, turn your face toward albariño”. Don’t fact-check it, no point, you’ll discover I made it up. But it could totally pass for an old Spanish saying. Yet one thing remains true … Read More

Leftfield Gisborne Albariño 2020

June 22, 2021By Yvonne

Leftfield Gisborne Albariño 2020 $18 Paired with Caramelised Onion, Goats Cheese and Walnut Tarts Dish Magazine Issue 98 French Who would have thought that a wine made from a Spanish grape grown in New Zealand would be the perfect partner for this classic French recipe. There’s something about the clean, crunchy apple, pear and lithe, … Read More

Villa Maria Braided Gravels Hawke’s Bay Albariño 2019

April 19, 2020By Yvonne

Villa Maria Braided Gravels Hawke’s Bay Albariño 2019 $29 Reviewed in dish Magazine July/Aug 2020 and paired with Chicken, leek and thyme pie Hand on heart, if you do not do everything you can to nab yourself a bottle of the Villa Maria Braided Gravels Hawke’s Bay Albariño 2019 ($29) to sip and swirl with … Read More

Nautilus Estate Marlborough Albariño 2019

December 2, 2019By Yvonne

Nautilus Estate Marlborough Albariño 2019 ($29) Paired with Gazpacho by Annabel Langbein Canvas Dec 7th 2019 One of the greatest food and wine combos to ever occur is that of this superlatively lovely Spanish soup and a sip or seven of Spain’s signature white wine, albariño.  Happily, Clive Jones and his scarily talented team in … Read More

Tohu Whenua Matua Nelson Albariño 2018

June 24, 2019By Yvonne

Tohu Whenua Matua Nelson Albariño 2018 $29.99 bright white peach and white pepper aromatics, hints of apricot, mid-palate richness and nicely balanced acidity.  Citrus oil notes on the finish (almost viognier-like) – nice minerality and a creamy undertone, high phenolics and fantastic length of flavour.  Albariño has very loose ‘bunch architecture’ which suits Nelson’s humidity. … Read More

Smith & Sheth Cru Heretaunga Albariño 2018

May 9, 2019By Yvonne

Smith & Sheth Cru Heretaunga Albariño 2018 $28 This is New Zealand’s version of the best of what Spain can offer, incredibly focused, pure and dry and heaving with lemon and oyster shells.  Sourced from the Bridge Pa region, in their iron-rich, red gravels, the acidity is like all the cutty-grass (or pampas grass if … Read More

Wine column week commencing 7 May, 2016

April 18, 2017By Yvonne

Arriba Albariño!! New Zealand’s breakout, white grape star Albariño, might have it’s historic home in the North West of Spain and Northern Portugal, but it’s also achieving degrees of distinction in the east coast gloriousness of Gisborne.  Pronounced Al-Barr (roll your rrrs) – Een-Yo and first planted in the region back in 2009 albariño is … Read More

Spade Oak Heart of Gold Gisborne Albarino 2015 $23 (3.5 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

Spade Oak were one of New Zealand’s early Albarino adopters, with owners Steve and Eileen Voysey opting to aim towards a lean, lemony, elegantly European-styled example from their Gisborne vineyards. I like the subtle citrus blossom aromas and the quartz dust minerality on the palate. Consume super-chilled with prawn, pork and coriander dumplings – yummo! … Read More

Babich Headwaters Marlborough Albarino 2015 $22.99 (5 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

Intoxicating initial aromas of wildflower pollen and sunbaked limestone are followed by an intensely juicy, citrus-forward series of flavours in this local version of a Spanish classic.  I love the deliciously chalky layers on the finish and it’s lipsmackingly fresh length of flavour.  Organically grown and created with excellent attention to detail – it’s a … Read More