Arriba Albarino

May 5, 2016By 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

Matawhero Gisborne Albarino 2014

May 5, 2016By Yvonne

Matawhero Gisborne Albarino 2014 $25 ★★★½ While it’s bold and golden in the glass, you’ll need to dig deep in the nose department. But it’s worth the effort because you’ll uncover subtle lemon verbena, white nectarine and wild flowers, while on the palate it’s seriously, palate-exfoliatingly dry. Matawhero’s owners, Kirsten and Richard Searle, are clearly … Read More

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Gisborne Albarino 2015

May 5, 2016By Yvonne

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Gisborne Albariño 2015 $17.99 ★★★★ I really like this wine because it’s bracingly fresh and shows classic white flesh peach, nectarine and lemony characters alongside a squeak of apricot stone, crushed shells, hints of salt and has a vibrant, racy finish. Very tangy and fresh and has a long, mineral-edged finish. … Read More

Waimea Nelson Albariño 2015

December 1, 2015By Yvonne

Waimea Nelson Albariño 2015 $25 ★★★★★ Albariño is a signature Spanish white variety that clearly loves its new home in Nelson by the looks of things.  The team at Waimea have seriously outdone themselves here with this musk and nectarine scented wine, bursting with tangy pear, peach and apple flavours and finishing with lovely crushed … Read More

Wairau River Marlborough Albarino 2015

October 27, 2015By Yvonne

Wairau River Marlborough Albarino 2015 $25 ★★★★½ Who’d have thought we’d be growing this snappy Spanish white way down in Marlborough AND doing a great job of it? Well, the Rose family at Wairau River are doing just that.  Beautiful aromas of citrus blossom, white peach and summer flowers tease the nose before an onslaught … Read More

Wairau River Marlborough Albarino 2015

October 20, 2015By Yvonne

Wairau River Marlborough Albarino 2015 $25 ★★★★½ Who’d have thought we’d be growing this snappy Spanish white way down in Marlborough AND doing a great job of it? Well, the Rose family at Wairau River are doing just that.  Beautiful aromas of citrus blossom, white peach and summer flowers tease the nose before an onslaught … Read More

Astrolabe Vineyards Sleepers Vineyard Albarino 2013

October 20, 2015By Yvonne

Astrolabe Vineyards Sleepers Vineyard Albarino 2013 $25 ★★★½ Albarino has made itself well and truly at home here in the Antipodes, far from its Spanish home.  Simon Waghorn has crafted a white wine that’s lifted, dry and has a whiff of oyster shell, lime and flint.  It’s a lightly structured style that’s bony, tangy and … Read More

Try a kiwi version of a Spanish classic with Rick Stein’s Stew…

September 26, 2012By Yvonne

Rick Stein’s Spain on FoodTV   (new to food tv) TUESDAYS 12.30pm, 4.30pm & 8.30pm  Much as I love my father and my stepfather, for years I’ve harboured hope that one day my mother would marry Rick Stein.  His manner is always so warm and effortlessly cheerful and there’s just something about him that makes you … Read More

Cooper’s Creek SV Gisborne ‘Bell Ringer’ Albarino 2011

September 21, 2011By Yvonne

Coopers Creek SV Gisborne ‘Bell Ringer’ Albarino 2011 $20  Dubbed the ‘Bell Ringer’ because it was an instant hit within the company, it’s also the namesake of their Gisborne growers Doug and Delwyn Bell.  It has soft, powdery floral aromas and super-clean, dry and minerally in the mouth with a white peach note on the … Read More