Albarinho (Alvarinho) is an increasing international white variety originating from from Spain’s Atlantic North West, famously Rias Baixas. Local legend once mistook it for the foreign Riesling grape, which seems plausible with its citrus fruit and crisp acidity. But unlike Riesling its more drink-young appeal includes delicate white peach character and a jasmine floral nature, as well as mineral flavours that can be stony and steely but also sometimes a little salty. Called Alvarinho in Portugal its light body makes it perfect for a style that deserves to show up more often in Antipodean afternoons - deliciously crisp and lightly sparkling whites under the Vinho Verde label. 


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  1. 2015 Stanley Estates Awatere Albarino

    2015 Stanley Estates Awatere Albarino

    18 Points Raymond Chan
    A highly textural and mineral wine, this shows the promise of Albarino in NZ. Rounded stonefruit and pear flavours don't shout but harmonise beautifully with the oily mouthfeel and mineral ...
    RRP $22.99 Save $3 $19.99 a bottle
  2. 2013 Astrolabe Sleepers Vineyard Albarino

    2013 Astrolabe Sleepers Vineyard Albarino

    90 Points Richard Caro
    Fresh and racy with subtle tropical fruit and florals, this is a classy example of this cool new variety. Marlborough's defined aromatics and Astrolabe's pristine handling serve this wine ...
    RRP $26.99 Save $3 $23.99 a bottle
  3. 2014 Lagar de Cervera Albarino

    2014 Lagar de Cervera Albarino

    91 Points John Caro
    Fresh but with a beautiful texture, this serious Albarino from Gallicia in north-eastern Spain is typical and delicious. Lagar de Cervera is the local winery of pedigree La Rioja Alta, so this ...
    RRP $33.99 Save $4 $29.99 a bottle

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