Review by Dan Traucki, Wine Writer
Wow! Here we are just in the middle of May and I have already received the first vintage 2018 white wine to review.
As it happens, the ARTWINE ADELAIDE HILLS 2018 “THE REAL THING” ALBARINO is an absolute cracking wine! Naming the wine “THE REAL THING” is brilliantly appropriate after the 2008-2009 scandal when it was discovered that most of the Albariño planted in Australia was in fact, Savagnin. Savagnin is a great variety – I love it! But, it ain’t Albariño – which is what the growers thought they had bought and planted. So they had to start again. This wine could have equally been called “The Real Deal” as it is a great young Albariño which would fit in nicely in a line-up of young Spanish Albariño.
It is redolent with enticing aromas of citrus and a smidge of steeliness. Is zippy, crisp, bright with delightful citrus flavours and a palate cleansing, lingering finish. A CLASS ACT!
If the rest of the 2018 whites are as good as this one we are in for some bloody brilliant wines my friends!!!
Review from Winsor Dobbin - Wine Writer
One of the first 2018 vintage wines to his the market is this debut albarino from Artwine in the Adelaide Hills, grown on the Woodside vineyard. Like many in Australia, owners Judy and Glen Kelly initially planned to plant albarino in 2009. It was then discovered the "albarino" rootlings in Australia were actually savagnin. This really is albarino - and it is a lovely young wine, deliciously vibrant. It is made in a fresh, drink-young style, like a lot of alvarinho in Portugal, with vibrant grapefruit and apricot flavours to the fore, along with some flinty minerality. Well worth checking out for $30