Grape Varietal: 100% Albariño
Growing Region: Gisborne, New Zealand
Chief Winemaker: Simon Nunns

The fruit for this wine was chosen from a select vineyard site, carefully vinified and blended to achieve a pure expression of its typicity and origins. Each of the Coopers Creek ‘Select Vineyards’ (S.V.) wines have a nickname: an affectionate and often quirky reference to its origins, its style or simply a slice of their history. The grape varietal Albariño originates from the north-west wine region of Spain and Northern Portugal - where it is called Alvarinho.

 

Its given quirky wine name comes from Simon’s impression that it tastes and smells as pure as the peal of a bell. But also because it was grown by Doug and Delwyn Bell, on their vineyard located a just short distance from Gisborne, on the east coast of the North Island.
The 2014 growing season in the Gisborne wine region was a mixed bag, though it ended well and they were able to harvest the grapes with quality characters. To retain varietal freshness in the finished wine, the hand-picked fruit was tank fermented and whole bunch pressed, giving the juice a great depth of character and flavour. Simon’s winemaking choices and influence were controlled and minimal, all designed to preserve as much purity as possible in the finished wine. With this varietal freshness in mind, Simon only used the ‘free run’ juice from each pressing to craft this lively wine.
In the glass this wine has a pale straw colour, with light green highlights. On the nose the wine has pure and fresh citrus fruit aromatics, with hints of peach and white floral notes. On the palate the wine is deceivingly medium bodied and typically zesty. This wine has a brilliant natural citrus acid heart, resulting in the palate having excellent length and a cleansing finish. Chill and serve at 8-9°C.

A vibrant aromatic, perfect with fresh summer cuisine.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and will age gracefully for another 2-3 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with simple served shellfish, steamed or grilled white fish and freshly made seafood paella, enjoy.