Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Gisborne Albarino 2015

Other White from New Zealand - Gisborn
Review Date : 29-Mar-2016
Brilliant straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues. This has a fresh, firm and elegantly concentrated nose of white stonefruits and white florals melded with mouthwatering mineral notes, soft nutty elements and some flintiness. This is expressed with clarity and purity. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is bright and lively with a well-concentrated core of white stonefruits and exotic florals, unfolding subtle mineral detail. The fruit is underlined by bright, near-racy acidity and a soft-textured, fine phenolic line. This has energy, vitality and drive, which carries the wine to a long, fine-textured, thirst-quenching finish. This is a well-concentrated Albarino with a core of white stonefruits and florals subtle minerality and a brisk, lively and driven palate. Match with seafood and creamy poultry dishes over the next 3 years. Hand-picked fruit from Brian Tietjen’s, and Doug and Delwyn Bell’s vineyards, WBP and predominantly cool-fermented in stainless-steel, with a small portion indigenous yeast fermented in tank and seasoned puncheon to 13.5% alc. and 3.8 g/L RS, TA 6.9 g/L and pH 3.25. 18.0/20 Apr 2016 RRP $24.99 Brilliant, light straw-yellow colour with pale green hues. The nose is fresh and up-front with bright white stonefruit, flint and mineral aromas. This has good depth and intensity, forming a firm core and has a steely edge. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is deep and well concentrated with flavours of white stonefruits lifted by exotic floral elements. The palate has flint, mineral, nutty and subtle smoky complexities adding detail. This has good mouthfeel and presence, the palate fresh and finely textured, and well-balanced with good drive. As the wine flows, herbal detail emerges, and carries to a long finish with stonefruit depth. This is a fresh, up-front dry Albarino with good detail, mouthfeel and presence. Serve with seafood and poultry dishes over the next 3+ years. Hand-picked fruit from Brian Tietjen’s, and Doug and Delwyn Bell’s vineyards, WBP and predominantly cool-fermented in stainless-steel, with a small portion indigenous yeast fermented in tank and seasoned puncheon to 13.5% alc. and 3.8 g/L RS, TA 6.9 g/L and pH 3.25. 18.0-/20 Feb 2016 RRP $24.99

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