I had a bottle of Albariño Martin Codax 2005, Rias Baixas this weekend. Martin Codax is a co-operative brand, not a winemaker, it’s named after the 13th century Galician poet.
It’s a pale colour, with a delicate aroma of citrus and peaches with peach blossom. It’s dry with a sharp acidity.
The flavours of peaches and lemons carry through with some melon and just a touch of marzipan. It’s on the lighter side of medium in both body and alcohol.
It goes astoundingly well with seafood, and we had it with Coquilles St Jacques and some grilled shrimp. Heavenly.
It’s excellent value for something just a little different. It’s widely available, I got mine from Majestic, so buy some.