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2021 Albariño

2021 Albariño
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SKU: 739326-21

The nose shows vibrant notes of ripe stone fruit, lemon curd, pineapple, mango, grapefruit and honey. The stone fruit and citrus (particularly the peach, lemon & lime) notes carry through to the palate, which is generously rich and textural from the extended lees contact, but balanced by an abundance of mouth-watering acidity.  The finish is refreshingly dry and mineral-driven, with lingering salinity. 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2021
Varietal
Albariño
Appellation
Okanagan Falls
Harvest Date
October 2021
Acid
6.0 g/L
pH
3.4
Aging
Now and over the next 3+ years.
Bottling Date
May 2022
Residual Sugar
2.0 g/L
Alcohol %
13.5
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The nose shows vibrant notes of ripe stone fruit, lemon curd, pineapple, mango, grapefruit and honey. The stone fruit and citrus (particularly the peach, lemon & lime) notes carry through to the palate, which is generously rich and textural from the extended lees contact, but balanced by an abundance of mouth-watering acidity. The finish is refreshingly dry and mineral-driven, with lingering salinity.
Vineyard Notes
Shuttleworth Creek Vineyard - Okanagan Falls (gravels, glacial till & silty loam)
Production Notes
The fruit hand-picked and hand-sorted, destemmed, and lightly crushed before being pressed. A small portion of the fruit was crushed into a picking bin and allowed to spontaneously ferment on skins for 5 days before being pressed into a stainless steel tank. Of the pressed juice, a portion was racked, after 12 hours of settling, into stainless steel barrels and French oak barriques (1 new, 1 3rd fill & 2 4th fill). The remaining portion settled a further 24 hours and was transferred into 2 concrete tanks. These inoculated ferments were kept cool (12-14°C), monitored closely, and all were aged on their lees with frequent stirring to build texture. After 6 months, the lots were blended, stabilized, filtered and bottled.
Winemaker Notes
The goal with this wine was to build a richly textural wine that was true to its varietal character, but also complex and intruiging, and I think we achieved it. On the complexity front, we experimented with a small amount of skin contact and spontaneous fermentation, and I believe this had a really positive impact on the depth and texture of this wine. Interestingly, as this block has matured, we’ve found that the salinity that Albariño is so known for worldwide has become increasingly pronounced with each new vintage.
Food Pairing Notes
Classic: seafood (oysters, crab, prawns, shellfish, grilled white fish...you name it!), seafood pastas & risottos, light & creamy cheeses, goat’s cheese. Adventurous: sushi & sashimi, ceviche, Vietnamese dishes, Thai dishes, Caribbean/Cajun dishes, pickled food.
Other Notes
365 cases produced