Albarino is an aromatic Spanish varietal that loves growing in Marlborough. The 2015 Stanrock Albarino serves up flavours of white peach and nectarines, and is a wonderful wine paired with seafood – or just kick back with a cold glass and enjoy it on its own!
Stanrock Albarino 2014
Gold medal from the Sydney International Wine Competition. Our Albarino 2014 is a very aromatic wine, luscious and with a full palate. It delivers a range of fruit flavours, centred around white peaches, white nectarines and dried apricots, perhaps a suggestion of grapefruit too.
It is 100% Albarino, Single Vineyard from our home block in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand.
Winemaker: Eveline Fraser
Cellaring: Will age perfectly over the next 5+ years
Serving Temperature: Lightly chilled 8-12°C
Food Match: Fine seafood; blue cod, groper, tuna, and shellfish such as scallops, mussels, chicken dishes and salads, or simply drink for pleasure!
Harvest Date: 14th April at 22.1% brix.
Bottled Date: 20th August 2014
Seasonal conditions: The 2014 season will be remembered for being a very early harvest, as a result of a warm summer. Fruit cropping levels were about 10% above “normal” fruitng levels. The weather at harvest began well but became cooler and more cloudy after the 7th April. Great flavours developed earlier in the harvest allowing us to pick the fruit as the block reached it’s optimum maturity. The grapes were hand harvested into bins by a team of enthusiastic local pickers.
Vinification: Whole bunch pressed, the juice was settled and 24% was racked to old French barriques for a wild yeast fermentation at ambient temperatures, the balance to stainless steel tank, where it went through a controlled fermentation using french yeasts.
The wine then spent 4 months on lees to add a real depth of flavour and palate weight to the wine. The two portions were then blended together and prepared for bottling, under screwcap.