White wine 750ml – Leftfield Gisborne Albariño 2019 NZ
This aromatic white wine grape, hailing from Spain and Northern Portugal, also performs well in Gisborne. Gorgeous little citrus flowers link arms with melon and peach to dance in the sunshine, always maintaining an air of class. Meanwhile, lime lingers in the shadows vying for attention.
Left Field is a ‘whimsical approach to exploration, creativity and imagination’ – the offbeat side of the more serious Te Awa. Fruit for this wine comes from two leading growers in the Gisborne region, and while the result is not quite on par with leading Spanish examples, the peachy, melon and citrus notes of the variety shine through.
Score – 91. (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2020)
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