Waimea Estate Albariño 2016
- Light, aromatic
Ahhh albãrino, a Spanish favourite from...New Zealand? That’s right mofos, Kiwi albãrino here from the crew at Waimea Estate in Nelson. It’s bloody good. Don’t trust us? Well Bob Campbell, a Master of Wine, awarded it 94 points and called this “one of the best local examples I’ve tasted of this promising Spanish / Portuguese grape variety,” and commented that the variety “Shows great promise in the Nelson region especially.”
Waimea are a great producer and they’ve delivered citrus, mandarin, peach and nectarine flavours with this ‘16 vintage. It’s dry, crisp and rich, and if you’re after food pairings look no further than albãrino’s spiritual homeland of Galicia, Spain, where seafood reigns supreme. Try get your hands on the traditional pulpo (octopus) or, if that’s not your vibe, then oysters, fish and prawns will all do the job splendidly.
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Nelson, right at the top of the south island, vies for New Zealand's best wine region. Its wine history dates back to 1800s German settlers, but the modern industry kicked off in the 1970s. It boasts a vibrant arts and café scene, and although you will see New Zealand's usual suspects (pinot, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and aromatic whites), many of the wines are as eclectic as the people who live here.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Oysters with Japanese sauce
- 3 tsp soy sauce
- 1/4 cup (60ml) seasoned rice vinegar*
- 1/2 tsp finely grated ginger
- 16 freshly shucked Pacific oysters
- 1 Lebanese cucumber, cut into julienne
- 50g flying fish (tobikko) or salmon roe
- Mix the soy sauce, vinegar and ginger in a small bowl then refrigerate until ready to use.
- Just before serving, place oysters on a bed of crushed ice or rock salt for presentation. Spoon the dressing over, then top with cucumber and roe. Serve.