It may have taken a while but it seems Albariño has finally arrived as a permanent fixture in our wine subconscious, thanks partly to the current interest in Spanish cuisine.
Originating in Galicia, north-west Spain, it accounts for about 90 per cent of the planting in the Rias Baixas region.
Its origins are not entirely sure, but it can produce lovely, fresh seafood-perfect wines with more than a nod to riesling and viognier.
Tesco Finest Albariño 2013, Rias Baxias (Tesco £7.49) is a great place to start. There are ripe apples and tropical fruits, with a nicely-rounded palate with more tropical fruit. This is great value and works well with simply-cooked fish. Martin Codax Albariño 2013, Rias Baixas (Majestic £12.89 or 2 for £10.95 each) has a little more weight and spice with some honeyed notes.
Palacio de Fefinanes Albariño 2013, Rias Baixas – Produced by one of the oldest, if not the oldest, Albariño producer, this is the benchmark when it comes to this grape. Elegant with notes of apple, pear and apricot blossom on the nose followed by a lovely textured palate with minerals and bright acidity, spoil yourself with some fresh seafood. Crab would be perfect. Imagine sitting by the sea on a summers’ day.