Friday 18 August 2017

Wine: Celt on the coast

Liam Campbell. Photo: Fran Veale
Liam Campbell. Photo: Fran Veale
1) Albariño 2014, Pulpo, Pagos del Rey, Val do Salnés, Rias Baixas 12.5pc
2) Albariño 2014, Pazo Torrequintans, Rias Baixas 12pc
3) Albariño 2014, Most Wanted, Rias Baixas 12.5pc
4) Albariño 2015, Agnusdei, Val do Salnés, Rias Baixas 12.5pc
5) Albariño 2015, Pazo de San Mauro, Rias Baixas 12.5pc
6) Albariño 2015, Val do Sosego, Rias Baixas 12.5pc
Value Buy: Pinot Noir 2014, Underwood, Union Wine Company, Oregon, USA 13pc

Liam Campbell

Albariño is the most highly regarded and consumed white wine in Spain. Grown near the Atlantic coast in the north-west Celtic region of Galicia, Albariño is a dry, light-bodied white wine with modest alcohol between 12pc and 13pc.

It is typically citrus and white peach in character, and always with refreshing lemony acidity. A perfect partner for fish of fin and shell or poultry with cream or rich sauces, goats' cheeses, sushi and salsa spicy food. Keep it Celtic. Sláinte.

1) Albariño 2014, Pulpo, Pagos del Rey, Val do Salnés, Rias Baixas 12.5pc

Ripe golden peach aromas and delicious intense flavours of the vineyard's minerality and lemon zest. Serve with a salad of poached salmon with Puy lentils and chives dressed with lemon juice and olive oil.

€16.99 at Gleeson's, Booterstown; Kelly's, Malahide; Number 21, Listowel and independent off-licences nationwide

2) Albariño 2014, Pazo Torrequintans, Rias Baixas 12pc

Assertive flavours of citrus and salt, interwoven with mouth-watering crisp acidity. Try with crab cakes flecked with chilli and a yoghurt and turmeric dressing.

€12.65 at Tesco nationwide

3) Albariño 2014, Most Wanted, Rias Baixas 12.5pc

Aromas of ripe melon contrast starkly with a zesty and invigorating palate of grapefruit flesh and lemon zest. Partner with prawns on a bed of lemongrass and fennel, baked in foil parcels.

€12.99 at select Eurospar, Spar, Mace and Londis nationwide

4) Albariño 2015, Agnusdei, Val do Salnés, Rias Baixas 12.5pc

Juicy peach and fresh pear palate with tingling acidity and a mineral, salty finish. Made for briny oysters and shellfish.

€18.99 in Dublin at The Corkscrew, Chatham Street; Kelly's Wine Vaults, Clontarf and The Parting Glass, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow

5) Albariño 2015, Pazo de San Mauro, Rias Baixas 12.5pc

A lemon cordial and mineral character with well-integrated acidity. Classy and elegant in the less-is-more style. Share with a shellfish platter and a garlic mayonnaise.

€18.95 at Searson's, Monkstown and online: searsons.com

6) Albariño 2015, Val do Sosego, Rias Baixas 12.5pc

Fragrance of peach blossom and flint. Delicious ripe peach and refreshing lime acidity. Serve with Irish smoked salmon, brown soda bread and country butter.

€16.80 at Wines Direct, Mullingar and online: WinesDirect.ie

Value buy

Pinot Noir 2014, Underwood, Union Wine Company, Oregon, USA 13pc

Subtle, earthy and mushroom bouquet. Very expressive with attractive silky tannins supporting redcurrant and raspberry fruit. Flexible with red and white meats but marry with a wild mushroom sauce.

€12.49 at Marks & Spencer nationwide

Tasting notes

Albariño on Tour: taste seven Albariños for yourself with matching Spanish tapas introduced by three different wine experts, starting with me in Limerick's No. 1 Pery Square Hotel on June 30; The Twelve Hotel, Galway July 7 with Elizabeth Fox and The Green Man in Terenure, Dublin on July 13 with Leslie Williams from 7pm-9pm. Tickets €25 direct at each venue: OnePerySquare.com, TheTwelveHotel.ie and GreenManWines.ie

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