2021 Three Fates Albarino
Prepare your saltiest snacks, she's a racy number! Bucket loads of acidity to get your mouth watering, a soft peach-fuzz-like grip on your tongue, and a whole orchard-worth of stone fruit flavour. Alby brings the yum.
In the vineyard, the Albariño produced very small bunches with tiny berries. Due to the small crop and the beautiful growing season, we were able to pick every bunch with no fruit lost to rot - though a few grapes missing through the nets to some particularly skilled birds! Harvest came on a grey day, the 20th of March with much help from an amazing crew of friends and family and tagger-ons.
The grapes were basket pressed, allowing some oxidation of the juice and encouraging the development of some texture as the juice passed very slowly through the split skins of the tiny berries. With its high acidity, we were looking for this texture to help drive the palate of the wine. A well-aged 500l puncheon was used for a natural fermentation followed by 5 months resting on lees before bottling in October.
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