Little Wine Co 2022 Albarino
Albarino is an exciting variety that is well suited to the Hunter Valley. Our warm maritime growing conditions align quite closely with those of north-west Spain, the home of Albarino.
Grown in the Broke Fordwich sub-region, the vines were planted in 2018 on the sandy alluvial soils of the Wollombi Brook. The grapes were hand harvested in the first week of February and being a cooler year, the grapes held their acidity beautifully.
This is the first release of Albarino and being the new baby it received some lavish attention in the winery. The vineyard is only a few kilometres from the winery and the hand harvested grapes were transported and crushed into the press with the juice off skins and in tank within a couple of hours. The juice was fermented in tank and left on yeast lees with regular battonage for approximately 12 weeks to add a little more texture.
Made without the use of oak, the palate exudes spice and lime with a delicious, crisp minerality. Albarino is known for its bracing acidity, but the aromatic richness provides the perfect contrast, making this a delicious option for a range of richer foods like risotto, paella and pasta.