The second wine in this series on Albariño, that wonderful grape from northwest Spain and Portugal, is another from Rias Baixas. This one is a bit of a surprise: I picked it up from Oddbins tonight on the way home, and it’s packed in a very old-fashioned way. But it delivers lovely flavours.
Granbazán Etiqueta Ámbar 2016 Rías Baixas, Spain
13% alcohol. With very old-school packaging in a tall bottle, the appearance of this wine is a bit deceptive, because it’s actually modern and thrilling. It has a lovely refined spicy quality under the fresh, delicate pear, apple and peach fruit. Made from free-run juicy only, this has a refined personality, and offers beautifully poised fruit, freshness and a mineral, spicy finish. Despite the delicacy, there is plenty of flavour here, and it has a long, tapered finish. Lovely stuff. 93/100 (£15.50 Oddbins)
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