Wine Tasting Video: Albarino, Gruner Veltliner and Riesling from Alsace & New Zealand

Lagar de Costa Rías Baixas Albariño 2011, Spain (£11.50 The Wine Society)
Delicious fresh style, with a lovely tension between perky citrus fruit and a richer, nutty peach character, with a briny edge reminiscent of the Alvarinhos of Vinho Verde to boot. S(-)

Laurenz V Grüner Forever 2011, Niederösterreich, Austria (N/A in UK – ~€10)
Another wine with a bracing saline edge. Add in the peppery grapefruit character and the more exotic pineapple character and you have a light, lean and lively young wine. S-

Forrest The Valleys Dry Riesling 2009, Marlborough, New Zealand (£9.99 Adnams)
Full and fleshy style, showing some petrolly development but still having the zingy lime/lemon fruit and a dry earthy stony river pebble minerality S(-)

Hugel Jubilee Riesling 2005, Alsace, France (£27.99 The Sampler, Handford Wines, The Wine Society)
Oh yum, precise and beautifully balanced wine in confident middle age combining herby citrus fruit with richer buttery, honeyed, toasty notes, a touch of earthy minerality and a spicy, petrolly finish. G-

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