Esk Valley Albarino 2020

Esk Valley Albarino 2020

With fruit from the pristine Two Terraces vineyard in Hawke’s Bay. Palest translucent lemon yellow in the glass. Mineral, apricot, red apple, acacia florals and orange peel on the nose. Steely freshness. A crunchy line of acidity and salinity – a definite salty edge – straight up, before a wave of ripe fruits jump in.

Pink grapefruit, kumquat, blanched almond, dried pineapple, green olive and jalapeno jostle on a lithe, swirling, medium-bodied palate. Heroic – there’s an elegant purity to the fruit expression and the unpretentious way it’s presented. Simple but powerful. A phenolic edge to the lacy texture in the lengthy finish. 94pts.

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