Albarino King Valley Victoria
Victoria's King Valley makes the most of it's exquisite ripening conditions to develop fully the engaging characters which lie dormant within some of the more esoteric varietals. The Albarino grape has emerged from a blended hbrid to become quite popular as a pure varietal wine in Spain and Portugal from whence it hails. New world renditions of Albarino tend to be more fruit driven and complex than their Iberian siblings. Gracebrook is intriguingly fragrant, entirely suited to the enthusiast who is on the lookout for exciting new flavours in a white wine.
Gracebrook enjoys a long history as one of the premium farms on King Valley, owned and operated by the pioneering Jarrott family since settlement. A narrow gauge goods train that ran between Whitfield and Wangaratta from 1899 until 1952, stopped regularly at the Jarrott siding to stock up on the estate's produce. The site was acquired and developed by the Maples family into one of the King Valley's most bountiful vineyards. Some seventy five acres of vine were established including trials with the unique Albarino. The thick skinned grape makes refreshing, forward drinking wines with vigorous bouquets, it is considered to be an ancient relative of Riesling.
Pale yellow in color. A complex and vibrant bouquet, redolent of peaches and apricot, varied citruses, marmalade and herbaceousness. An entry of green apple to the palate, pineapple and cucumber, a drying acidity keeps the fruit crisp and tangy. This bright, early drinking unwooded varietal wine impresses with it's lively fruit driven palate and zestful, lemony finish.