$16.95 (945063) Spain – DO Rias Baixas
The 2009 Albarino is light gold coloured with a lovely bouquet of white flowers, hazelnut, peach pit and mineral. On the palate it is surprisingly complex for its bargain price with a viscosity bordering on opulence. If you enjoy Albarino, this is the one to buy by the case. Burgans’ Alabrino is an annual Best Buy but the superb 2009 vintage has carried it to new heights.
Score: 90 out of 100, Jay Miller, www.erobertparker.com, Apr 2010
$17.95 (178442) Greece – AOCQ Drama, Macedonia
A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Assyrtiko, this is a lovely refreshing white just calling to be sipped on its own or paired with seafood, pork, poultry, shellfish…. just about everything but red meat. It shows vibrant fruit with plenty of complexity and lively sweetness with a balancing hint of bitterness. The acidity is robust and exuberant, but contained by the fruit. It is, overall, a delicious and versatile white.
Score: 4 ½ out 5, Rod Phillips, www.rodphillipsonwine.com, Aug 2010
$13.95 (179093) South Africa – WO Paarl
You could hold this for a while, but I suggest enjoying it while it shows such vibrant fruit and texture. Look for quite rich and concentrated flavours here, with good complexity and definition. The texture and weight are very attractive, and a broad seam of acidity makes for a refreshing mouthful and a clean finish. Drink it with spicy seafood and chicken dishes.
Score: 4 out 5, Rod Phillips, www.rodphillipsonwine.com, Oct 2010
New Zealand, Marlborough, South Island
The wine is full-bodied, with deep, dry gooseberry and lime flavours. Aromatic and punchy, it shows excellent intensity, with a rounded, lingering finish.
Score: 4 ½ out 5, Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines, 2010
Australia – Eden Valley, South Australia
Bright straw-green; a fragrant and aromatic lime-accented bouquet; excellent mouthfeel and length; very harmonious, the fruit running through to the finish and after taste; great future, although seductive now. Drink until 2016.
Score: 95 out of 100, James Halliday, www.winecompanion.com.au, Aug 2008