Albariño Noelia Bebelia 2019/2020
£19.95 per bottle
The Galicia region sits on Spain`s estuary ridden north west Atlantic coast. This coastal region is wet, yet it is where the fashionable Albarino grape variety thrives on the granite soils. In the south, the Rias Baixas, which means `lower inlets`, supports vines trained high on pergolas in order to keep them well aired from the damp climate, producing fresh, elegant and aromatic wines. The Godello variety is most happy in the relatively warm valley of Valdeorras, crossed by the river Sil, which is located inland, on the eastern limit of Galicia. It represents a drier, less maritime influenced climate to that preferred by Albariño. Godello`s bunches are compact with smallish and yields are reltively low, which probably contributed to the variety`s near abandonment in the past.
Husband and wife team Simon and Noelia established Noelia Bebelia in order to create wines which are a true expression of the terroir. They planted 6000 albarino vines on a 7 acre estate on the mountainside of the Verdugo river. Simon was an Industrial Engineer by trade and uses a scientific `hightech vigneron` approach in the vineyard; they analyse each individual vines` needs and have a great deal of precision and control over the processes used in order to create the `perfect` vineyard.
This is a high quality Albarino where the care and attention to detail in the vineyard and winery is evident in the final wine. Pale lemon in colour with notes of white flowers and lemon zest on the nose. The palate is crisp, fresh and bursting with fruit; white peach, apple, melon, pear, grapefruit, lime zest and blossom with a very long finish and refreshing acidity.
The fresh acidity makes this wine a perfect accompaniment to grilled fish and shellfish, especially cold Atlantic prawns, crab or lobster and with Asian cuisine.