Albarino Barossa South Australia
Damien Tscharke, proprietor, grower and winemaker is a sixth generation vigneron and Roseworthy baccalaureate who graduated with honours in viticulture. Girl Talk Savagnin is vinified from Albarino, an Iberian varietal that's native to the cool, windswept corner of northwest Portugal and Spain. Thick skinned, naturally acidic and an early ripening aromatic style, Damien Tscharke was convinced it would perform well at in the soils of Marananga. Girl Talk Albarino makes the perfect conversation starter, as well as being a deeply engaging food wine.
Albarino hails from Galicia in northwest Spain, where it's grown to sandy soils swept by sultry maritime climes, quite the opposite of Barossa Valley. Following extensive research on this native Iberian, Albarino was planted to the Tscharke family property between 1999 and 2002, the vines are now fully mature and yield the finest fruit. Picked throughout the cool hours of night, grapes are destemmed and immediately bag pressed under inert gas, drained to tank, chilled and clarified until the morning. Vinified at temperatures between 13C and 14C to capture the vibrant fresh fruit characters. Upon completion, batches are left on lees for some months with occasional stirring to encourage rich mouthfeel.
Pale straw, green hue. Wet pebble nose, young pear and granny smith apple fruit notes with an underlying cinnamon spice. Well proportioned palate with wet stone pear and young granny smith apple, offering terrific structure for a leaner more elegant style, resolving on a pleasantly pungent, aromatically lingering finish. The perfect foil for rich creamy risottos and pan seared prawns.