Follow the winemaker not the grape variety
Great winemakers can make relatively ordinary indigenous grape varieties sing with flavour. For example, Spain’s white, thick skinned, heavily pipped and low yielding Albarino grape would not be vine of choice for any of the world’s viticulturists or oenologists.
If Albarino was found by one of the multi-national wine company’s ‘grape-counters’ they would be ripped out and replaced quicker than you could pull a cork on a bottle of Chardonnay!
However, Emilio Rodriguez, the winemaker at Bodegas Terras Gauda in Galicia, Northern West Spain, has resisted any temptation to plant the ever popular Chardonnay and produces wine made from the little known local Albarino grape.
His Abadia de San Campio 100% Albarino delivers quality that competes with world’s best un-oaked dry white wines. Something that Rodriguez and the winery should be applauded for!
Abadia de San Campio, Albarino, Bodegas Terras Gauda, Galicia, Spain
Tesco Finest Albarino
Cheap Spanish whites won’t impress your wine savvy mates, but they are ideal for cooking and spritzers. However, this dry white wine produced from Spain’s indigenous Albarino grape is well worth a punt.