Mar de Frades, Albarino

€17.99

This is a gorgeous fresh, round, flavoursome and mouth-watering white from the coastal vineyards of the north-west of Spain. Apricot and white peach, ripe citrus and really fresh apple notes are what you get from the start of each glass - it's that lovely. Excellent with seafood and sunshine.

Yes, it's a blue bottle, but please don't equate that to a poor standard of winemaking or quality - this is an excellent wine from a much-loved region. The vineyards in Rias Baixas can be notoriously difficult to farm, with cliff-edge vines yielding low-levels of fruit... but it isn't always that hard.

What it is though, is always influenced by the Atlantic ocean and its cooling influences. These seem especially suited to the Albarino grape that it naturally lower in acidity than many other white varieties and prone to over-ripeness; the cooling influences retain freshness while the Spanish sunshine ripens the grapes fully.

The sea then imparts (sometimes) a genuinely magic mineral touch which manifests itself as salinity in the grapes and wines, taking them from seaside quaffing bottles to serious culinary partners on a different level.

It's a rocky region too, so in single vineyard or old vines versions of Albarino, you can find really wonderful depth and texture too. even if it's in a blue bottle.

Region: Rias Baixas

Country: Spain

Grape(s): Albarino

Style: Vibrant, Medium-Light, Fresh, Elegant

Best food matches: Tapas, Shellfish, Seafood, Scallops, Lamb, Charcuterie

Alcohol: 12.5%

Why buy from us?

When you buy wine from The Allotment Wine Co. you're helping a small Irish company that in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers who grow the grapes and make amazing wines. We only work with partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.

Delivery & Returns

You'll get free delivery when you buy 12 x 75cl bottles of wine online from The Allotment, saving you €7.50.

We charge €7.50 per delivery for quantities less than that.

Our hours for processing orders are between 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday.

We pack your online wine order along the following timelines:

Wine orders for delivery in Dublin, received before 12pm on weekdays are prepared so that delivery should be expected the next working day.

Wine orders for nationwide delivery, received by 12pm on weekdays are prepared so that delivery should be expected two working days later.

Customer reviews

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Patrick H.
Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

And you're very welcome to The Allotment Wine Co.

When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.