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Aged Albariño: top bottles to try 

Spain’s Albariño whites are crisp, fresh and typically drunk young. But in fact the grape can produce ageworthy wines that deserve a place in your cellar. Julie Sheppard selects highlights from a recent tasting.  

Made in Rías Baixas in northern Spain’s Galicia, Albariño is a crisp white wine with signature freshness. Boasting vibrant acidity and salty Atlantic notes, it’s a great match for seafood. Albariño is usually drunk young, but a recent tasting of older expressions set out to prove that actually this is a grape that can be aged successfully.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for seven aged Abariño wines worth seeking out

From a total of just over 4,000ha of vineyards in DO Rías Baixas, 96% is planted to Albariño, with 5,131 growers working in the region. Characterised by its granite soils, it’s a region of small vineyard plots boasting about 20,000 individual sites.

The importance of selecting particular plots to produce ageworthy wines emerged as a theme during the tasting, as seven Rías Baixas producers joined us via Zoom. They showcased bottles from 2019 all the way back to 2010. Old vines were also seen as key to ageability, producing fewer grapes but with more intensity of flavour.

Vintage variation

Aged Abariño: seven to try

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