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Albarino 2017

Bodegas Zarate
Albarino

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Albarino is one of my go-to varieties to recommend to those stuck in a Sauvignon Blanc rut and the Zarate is a classic example. Crisp and fresh with a palate packed with peach and apricot fruit it absolutely knocks most standard Sauv Blancs out of the park.

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We love this because...

Albarino is one of my go-to varieties to recommend to those stuck in a Sauvignon Blanc rut and the Zarate is a classic example. Crisp and fresh with a palate packed with peach and apricot fruit it absolutely knocks most standard Sauv Blancs out of the park.

HK$ 180

Flavour profile

Complexity (C): 40
Acidity (A): 60
Body (B): 40
Fruit (F): 20
Oak (O): 20

Tasting notes

Apple Lemon Peach Pineapple

The story

Wine type

Crisp, zesty white.

100% Albarino.

Tank fermented and aged on lees.

Region

Rias Baixas

Spain

Bottle alcohol content

75cl

12.5%

The wine

The core cuvee from Zarate comes from a variety of the 11 vineyards the estate owns and boasts an impressive average vineyard age of more than 35 years; a factor the bodega sees as being integral to the quality of the wine. This is enhanced by the work Zarate carries out in the vineyard with no-ploughing or use of herbicides allowing the vineyards to develop a rich, natural biodiversity.

In the winery the grapes are destemmed and gently pressed to obtain high quality juice which is then allowed to undergo spontaneous fermentation using natural yeasts. After fermentation the wine is aged on fine lees for a further three months prior to racking. The result is a fresh, elegant wine with vibrant acidity and a fantastic combination of great fruit concentration and underlying minerality.

The producer

Based in Meano right at the heart of the Salnes valley Zarate occupies some of the very best...

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