Shield Wines Albariño

Albariño (say it with some flair!) seems to be the word, and wine, on everyone's tongue lately. Well, good. Originally from the coastal parts of the Iberian peninsula, this cheeky little white grape has found a firm place for itself on the sea-brine/breeze influenced shores of Aotearoa. Something between the brightness of Sauvignon Blanc, the aromatics and fruitiness of Pinot Gris, the texture of Chardonnay, and absolutely none of those wines...Albariño is just so enticing and fun to drink. It has something for everyone. If you know, you know. And if you haven't tried one yet, this is a great one to start with.

While Shield Wines is a relatively new project down in Nelson for this seasoned winemaker (whose experience spans decades and the globe), her wines are quickly proving themselves to be one of NZ’s best quality-to-value offerings. And even better, Trudy is confident in working with interesting, alternative grape varieties like Albarino as much as she is with the classics. Not sure how much longer we’ll be calling Albarino “alternative” here in NZ. We already have 27 hectares planted between both islands! This drop is vibrant, fresh, yet textural and bloody brilliant with seafood.

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About This Wine

Country
NZ
Region
Nelson
Type
White
Varietal
Albarino
Soils
Flat alluvial soils, gravel with a layer of silt loam
Vegan
Yes
Closure
Screwcap
Alcohol
12.5%
Pairing
All the delights of the sea: Oysters, octopus, mussels, clams, delicate white fish with herbs