Alvariño is the main grape in the Rias Baixas DO (denomination of origin). Under the name Alvarinho (same grape) vinho verde is produced across the border in Portugal. Alvariño was almost extinct in a country of red wines, where the conditions were once too tricky to make good quality wines. With the arrival of new techniques, investments have poured and wine quality has improved dramatically. It is one of their most important white grapes in Spain and makes one of the best white wines in the world.
Orballo, Albariño 2012
Clarity: clear. Intensity: pale. Colour: lemon
Condition: clear. Intensity: pronounced.
Aroma characteristics: floral (honeysuckle?) and fruity (stone fruit, apricot)
Acidity: medium to high acidity (it makes your mouth water)
Body: medium to full body
Flavours: peach, red apple and grapefruit
Very good and great value for money. Great balance of intense flavours with a medium to long finish. Try it with Vietnamese or Thai food, a normal dinner will turn into an experience.
For those with an incline for a point system, Decanter gives this wine 94 out of 100. Best drunk when young, within two years from production, although some Albariños are oaked and destined to mature in bottle.
John wines has the most competitive offer for the Orballo 2012 at £9.95 per bottle
Aitken wines sells Orballo 2012 at £9.99 per bottle (not far off)
Virgin wines sells Orballo 2012 at £10.99 per bottle