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Joseph Soler
Villa Maria SV Braided Gravels Albarino NV v3.psd

Single Vineyard

Braided Gravels Albariño

A single parcel of Albariño was handpicked from a small area of vines within the Joseph Soler vineyard. They were gently pressed to a combination of stainless steel barrels and seasoned oak puncheon for fermentation. The resulting wine displays pure varietal characters of peach and lime, entwined with subtle mineral complexities on a complex, long and dry finish.

Tasting Notes

The nose of this wine features tropical melon and peach notes entwined with refreshing mandarin. Subtle saline and mineral notes from the fermentation in the concrete egg frame a textural palate ad a salivating finish.

Download full tasting notes: 2020, 2022

Food Pairing

Delicious on its own, Albariño is a wonderful match for seafood. Try it with Ceviche, pan-fried fish, or a plate of fresh oysters. 

Vineyards and Winemaking

These vineyard and seasonal conditions have produced an Albariño with intense aromatics and flavours and lashings of the trademark acidity which the grape is famous for.

Our Joseph Soler Vineyard is planted in close proximity to Gimblett Road and the Albariño block comprises of silt loams with ridges of free-draining gravel ideal for the production of premium wines. This vineyard utilises both organic and conventional methods to prevent pests and promote vine health. Yeilds are cropped low allowing vines to product fruit that is richly concentrated in flavour. 

Handpicked from a small area within the Joseph Soler Vineyard, whole bunches were gently pressed with the finest juice settled prior to being racked to our concrete egg-shaped vessel for fermentation and maturation. The wine was ages on full lees for 11 months before being bottled in March 2023. 

Soils And Viticulture

The 2022 vintage was warm throughout the summer resulting in lots of fruit flavour in the grapes. Frequent rainfall in February did not bother the Albariño vines which are very hardy and excellent quality fruit was hand harvested on the 19th of March.

Chopped apples, peaches, waxed lemons and chamomile on the nose. Some wild rosemary and sea shells, too. Medium- to full-bodied with creamy stone fruit, balanced by racy and lively acidity and delicious salty undertones. - 92 Points

James Suckling
Region

Hawkes Bay

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