Us Brits are a funny lot, just into April, the sun comes out, the temperature rises a few degrees, suddenly garden furniture comes out , Gazebo’s are erected, barbecues are dusted down and of course chilled white wine makes an appearance. To be honest I did all of the above as well, even put my shorts on.
The two white wines I tasted were the Mar de Frades Albarino and the Val de Loire Sauvignon Blanc both very nice in their own way.
Mar de Frades Albariño 2018
First I must say it looks fabulous with its distinctive blue bottle but what’s in the bottle is even more fabulous and distinctive. This really is a top end Albariño from Rias Baixas in Northern Spain for, to be honest, for the price, around £12, stunning value.
It’s dry with a lovely aromatic nose of dried herbs with an array of tropical fruits. Zesty and inviting on first sip bursting with citrus fruits, lemon and limes along with some peach, apricot and a touch of honey. Lots of acidity and freshness and just a hint of sweetness.
This is only available from independent wine shops but is definitely work seeking out , ranging in price from £12 – £15 but in my opinion worth every penny and it was one of the nicest Albariño’s I’ve tasted in a while.
Val de Loire Sauvignon Blanc
This was a different white wine altogether, this Sovee Bee from Lidl £5.99 was surprisingly good. What struck me was the colour, it was very clear almost water like and the nose was very muted so much so that it was almost impossible to distinguish any aroma at all, this led me to worry about what it would taste like but the taste it where this wine really shines.
Completely different to a NZ sovee, this was a little more subdued and herbal, although there was still some citrus, gooseberry and a little wet stone. Great with food but equally as enjoyable chilled on its own, I thought this was an ok wine for the price my one criticism is there wasn’t much of a finish, I wanted that unusual herby flavour to last longer.
For £6, again money well spent and I’d happily drink it again.
Mar de Frades Albariño Independant £12-£15
Val de Loire Sauvignon Blanc Lidl £5.99