Spain, Rias Baixas – Albarino – Alcohol 13.5%
Barbanza e Iria is a small area of Galicia, underneath its more famous wine making cousin, Rias Baixas. Like much of the wine from Rias Baixas, the grape here is Albariño, except here we see it in a slightly richer style. This wine has been aged with extended contact on the lees, which give the wine a luscious roundness and generosity of mouthfeel. It still has that ocean spray salinity of coastal Albariño, but it also comes with a bit of a more herbal and savoury aroma profile, with just a touch of spice. This is a light bodied wine, with brilliantly direct and confident acidity to lift its roundness, and presents lots of citrus and crunchy green apples.
This would be delicious with a plethora of seafood, particularly things with a bit of sweetness and onion (prawn cocktail for the win). However, it’s spice profile and its smooth texture opens up a realm of possibilities over its cousins in Rias Baixas – be adventurous and try it with milder green Thai curries and Asian slaws, sushi and wasabi or stay classic with soft goats cheeses and lemon dressed summer salads.