WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Low / Medium,
Acid - High,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Saline, Apple, Pear, Grapefruit

Embark on a journey through the enchanting world of Albariño, Spain’s charismatic grape variety that weaves tales of ocean breezes, lush orchards, and irresistible flavors.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Primary Flavours & Aromas

  • Green fruit, Citrus, Apple, Pear, Grapefruit
  • Unoaked

Secondary

  • Fuller, richer style from Lees / Barrel Ferment

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: In cooler climates, Albariño shines with vibrant acidity, displaying a leaner fruit profile and a lively, invigorating character.

Warm/Hot Climate: Grown in warmer regions, the grape gains riper fruit flavors and a broader mouthfeel, while retaining its signature freshness.

Notes on Viticulture

Canopy Management: Proper vine canopy management is crucial to balance sun exposure and maintain the grape’s vibrant acidity.

Sustainable Techniques: Many Rías Baixas vineyards adopt sustainable practices to honor the land’s ecological diversity.

Appelations / Producers of Note

ES: Rias Baixas - unoaked, ripe stone fruits

PO: Vinho Verde

Age-Worthiness

Albariño delights with its youthful vivacity and bright fruit character.

First Published: Friday, Sep 1, 2023 Last updated: Sep 1, 2023

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Damien Saunders
WSET3 award - Has been on a journey to learn more about wine, viticulture since I started travelling. Every country has something to drink.