2018 Breaking Ground Albarino
Our Breaking Ground Range celebrates our focus on innovation pioneering alternative wines and wine styles. We were the first to plant this white variety in the Hunter Valley. Albariño originates from the Galician region of North West Spain. Like the Hunter, this region is classified as warm maritime and its wines are low in alcohol and acid focused, typical of our Hunter Valley whites. The wine is characterized by its high natural acidity, minerality and zesty fruit.
Region : Broke Fordwich, Hunter Valley
Vineyard : The Home Block, Ceres Hill.
Tasting Notes : Hallmark regional qualities of line and length in the form of refreshing acidity and textural minerality.
Colour : Pale straw
Nose : Sea spray, Lime zest, pineapple
Palate : Lime sherbet, sea spray, pear, zesty grapefruit
Food Match : Recently we walked through Galicia as part of the Camino de Santiago. We drank a lot of Albarino (research, of course) and it went perfectly with all the seafood of the region.
Cellaring : Enjoy now as an aperitif. It will develop beautifully over the next 3 to 6 years and live a bit more after that.
Winemakers Notes :
The 2018 vintage had perfect ripening conditions with dry, warm days paired with cooler nights resulting in beautifully ripe and healthy fruit which we picked in mid January. After minimal skin-contact we fermented the juice in stainless steel tanks using a small amount of solids and wild yeasts. Extended lees contact post fermentation resulted in a textural complex wine.
Alcohol – 11.5 % pH- 3.36 TA - 7.1 g/l