Smith & Sheth CRU Heretaunga Albarino 2022, Hawke’s Bay

Albarino from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 17-Apr-2023
Bright, even, pale yellow with a gold tinge. The nose has a lovely concentration of ripe stonefruit, citrus, honeysuckle, spice layers and flinty complexity. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, aromas of nectarine and apricot intertwined with mandarin and zest, unfolding honeysuckle, fennel, cardamon and a hint of saline. The fruit is ripe with concentration; lively acidity flows with good energy. The mouthfeel is creamy with delicate layers of fine spice. This elegant Albarino is packed with fruit, complexed by saline, flint and spice layers. Match with seared scallops and smoked mussels over the next 5 years. Fruit from Fratelli Vineyard in Bridge Pa, handpicked, whole bunch pressed, fermented in barrels to 13.5% alc, aged on lees. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Apr 2023 RRP $40

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