Mar de Frades, Albarino
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.
- Rias Baixas