NAUTILUS ALBARINO MARLBOROUGH 21
Albarino is New Zealand's most successful alternative grape variety, making high quality dry whites all around the country from Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough to North Canterbury and Nelson. This is an outstanding example (a consistent gold medal winner at wine competitions in this country) and is made by Clive Jones of Nautilus from machine picked grapes, which were destemmed, crushed and pressed then fermented cool in stainless steel tanks. It has had a brief maturation time of a few months on yeast lees prior to bottling.
The result is a fresh aromatic dry white with character to burn, freshness due to Albarino's natural high acidity, which also provides this wine with its lingering finish and delicious zesty appeal.
The Albarino grape is originally from north west Spain and north west Portugal, where it's known as Alvarinho; same grape, different name. In Portugal it is used to make refreshing light bodied whites such as Vinho Verde and an increasing number of great dry single varietal white wines.