Spain’s star is new white wine

Leiras Albari�o 2011, Rias Baixa

Leiras Albari�o 2011, Rias Baixa

The Lightship, Haslar Marina, Gosport

FOOD REVIEW: The Lightship, Haslar Marina, Gosport

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I’ve noticed that when I’ve been out in restaurants recently, the white wine I tend to look for is Spain’s Albarino.

From a wine producing country far better known for its reds, it would be fair to say that this is a fairly new kid on the block, little known even 10 years ago.

Its home is in the North West area of Galicia, which is very damp and cool.

It makes a wine very young and fresh.

It is rarely wood-aged and has a lovely acidity, balancing notes of white peaches and apricots.

It works perfectly with fish.

It’s never going to be cheap, but I suggest you drink the wine when it’s as young as possible.

Tesco Finest Albarino 2011, Rias Baixas (Tesco, £7.99) is a good place to start, with a really inviting nose of peaches and tropical fruit – delicious.

TOP TIPPLE: Leiras Albarino 2011, Rias Baixas

This is the real deal. It has a gorgeous nose of peach, pears, quince and some citrus notes.

This is followed by a fresh, supple and quite viscous palate with zesty acidity and a really persistent finish.

When the summer finally arrives, this is going to be great with fresh, simply prepared seafood.

Hermitage Cellars, £9.65

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