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Aveleda Reserva da Familia Minho Alvarinho 2016

22 June,2018

The Albarino grape is gaining considerable attention from consumers around the world, and the wines of Rias Baixas of Galicia in north-west Spain are arguably the best known. The grape produces wines with attractive floral aromatics and are very refreshing with their acidity, and are deemed excellent with seafood. There are small plantings in New Zealand, too small to register in the New Zealand Winegrower statistics, but the feeling by many is that it is possibly the best of the emerging varieties which includes the like of Arneis and Gruner Veltliner. I’ve certainly enjoyed seeing the rapid rise in quality and character of Albarino wines made from fruit grown in different regions of the country. Wine importers and distributors have brought in examples for wine drinkers here to enjoy and compare. Those more cynical would say that the overseas examples are benchmarks! Most of the imported Albarinos are from Rias Baixas in Spain, but it is good to see examples from other districts and indeed other countries. Greg Day of Kahurangi Liquor Distributors oversees an adventurous range of imports, and felt the 2016 Alvarinho (same as Albarino) from Aveleda in Portugal was a very good example for his portfolio. I review the wine here. www.kahurangiwine.com


Aveleda ‘Reserva da Familia’ Miho Alvarinho 2016

Other White from Portugal


Full, even, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and aromatic with a deep and well-concentrated core of white florals and white stonefruits along with suggestions of herbs and saline elements, unveiling a little reductive, flinty lees adding to the interest. This has good presence and intensity. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a soft heart of white florals along with white stonefruits, citrus fruits and minerals with saline nuances, revealing flinty detail. The mouthfeel is rounded with good drive and line, and the wine is smooth-flowing with slippery acidity. As the wine flows, a little phenolic grip appears and the wine carries to a dry, light-textured finish. This is a dry Alvarinho with a rounded heart of white florals and white stonefruits with saline, mineral and flity detail on a slippery palate with a little grip. Serve with seafood and Asian fare over the next 2 years. Alvarinho fruit tom the Vinho Verde region, fermented in stainless-steel and 500 L oak barrels to 12.0% alc. and <5g/L RS, the wine aged on lees undergoing batonnage. 18.0/20 Jun 2018 RRP $36.00

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