Albariño series (2) Granbazán Etiqueta Ámbar 2016 Rías Baixas, Spain
The second wine in this series on Albariño, that wonderful grape from northwest Spain and Portugal, is another from Rias Baixas. This one is a bit of a surprise: I picked it up from Oddbins tonight on the way home, and it’s packed in a very old-fashioned way. But it delivers lovely flavours.
Granbazán Etiqueta Ámbar 2016 Rías Baixas, Spain
13% alcohol. With very old-school packaging in a tall bottle, the appearance of this wine is a bit deceptive, because it’s actually modern and thrilling. It has a lovely refined spicy quality under the fresh, delicate pear, apple and peach fruit. Made from free-run juicy only, this has a refined personality, and offers beautifully poised fruit, freshness and a mineral, spicy finish. Despite the delicacy, there is plenty of flavour here, and it has a long, tapered finish. Lovely stuff. 93/100 (£15.50 Oddbins)
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- Granbazán Etiqueta Ámbar 2016 Rías Baixas, Spain