Albarino `Family Vineyard`Wairau River 2015

Country
New Zealand
Region
Marlborough
Producer
Wairau River Wines
Grape(s)
Albarino (100%)
Type
White
Style
Crisp
Oaked Style
Unoaked
Body Style
Medium bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Dry
Alcohol Content (%)
12.5
Closure Style
Screw Cap
Organic/Biodynamic
No
Allergens
Sulphites: Yes

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Region

The northern tip of South Island has become New Zealand`s most important wine region since sheep farming and cherry orchards were first replaced with vineyard in the 1970s. Much of the land is alluvial river basin with well-drained soils that provide an ideal environment for pungent, grassy Sauvignon Blanc. Pinot Noir from the more suitable clay slopes and Pinot Gris are also proving world-beaters.

Producer

Wairau River wines take their name from the river that runs through the heart of the Marlborough wine region. (Wairau is Maori for `many waters`). The Rose family were pioneers in planting vines in the 1970`s and after originally selling the grapes to other wineries (like Cloudy Bay) they launched their own label in the early 1990`s. Today their foresight has created a very successful company which remains family owned and run. Wairau River is one of the largest independent wine estates in Marlborough, and the range of elegant wines is characteristically expressive of its Marlborough roots.

Tasting Notes

Many people assosciate the Marlborough region with only producing Sauvignon Blanc, however, the Rose family have kept pace with the development in styles and varieties that make thus region one of the most exciting in the world. This is an elegant, floral Albarino with notes of citrus and mineral flavours on the palate, beautifully combined with a fresh acidity and a long, lingering finish.

Food

Perfect when accompanied with pan fried seabass.