Flower Girl Albariño 2019

By , 12 March 2020

Sweet smelling.

In Jancis Robinson’s online guide to grape varieties, she refers to Albariño simply as “the perfumed, elegant aristocrat of the Rías Baixas in north-west Spain”. Newton Johnson in Upper Hemel en Aarde Valley pioneered it locally with a few other producers following suit, namely Nederburg, Springfield and most recently Ginny Povall of Botanica Wines.

Povall’s Flower Girl 2019 comes from vines on her Stellenbosch property grafted in 2018 onto rootstock planted in 2009 and winemaking involved fermentation and maturation for six months in concrete egg. The nose shows notes of naartjie, peach and dried herbs while the palate has just the right amount of palate weight, vibrancy acidity and a pithy finish. Possessing great focus, this is a promising debut. Price: R200 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 91/100.

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