Montevideo Albariño 2018
The pioneering Bodega Bouza were the first winery to harvest Albariño in Uruguay. That was back in 2004, when they made just 398 bottles. Now things have stepped up a gear and their partially barrel-fermented Albariño is seen as one of the county’s finest white wines. The cooling influence of the Atlantic gives this wine a real feel of Rías Baixas. Fresh, floral and spring-like, its energetic acidity is seasoned with sea salt, spices and vanilla. Serve this with sunshine, seafood, spice and crisp, simple dishes.
Keep an eye on Uruguay. This progressive, entrepreneurial and environmentally friendly nation has a big wine drinking culture, so much so that very little gets exported and the government actively protect the local industry from cheap imports from Chile and Argentina. So despite it being the fourth biggest wine producer in South America, their wonderful bottles are very hard to come by.
Bodega Bouza was established towards the end of the 1990s by Juan and Elisa Bouza. Based at the foot of the Pan de Azúcar hill, about 90km east of Uruguay’s capital Montevideo, and just a stone’s throw from the sea. The Bouza’s have a large family, all of them wine lovers and all them heavily involved in the business. They believe that working on a boutique scale results in better wine, and you’d be hard pressed to argue with them when you taste the quality of their handpicked production. But don’t think that this is a quaint, tumbledown farm. Bodega Bouza is a slick operation, with a stunning bar and restaurant, huge critical acclaim and medals to cobble dogs with. Automobile enthusiasts may also be interested in visiting Bodega Bouza, as they might get a chance to taste the wines amongst the gleaming chrome and shiny paintwork of their classic car collection.
£3.2 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3018744
Style No.: 742641
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