Albariño Martin Codax, Rias Baixas

By | December 10, 2006

I have a soft spot for Albarino, having cycled to and through Galicia on my way to Santiago and beyond. The area is a lot like Wales, both in geography and rainfall, but has suffered horribly from the devastation of its fishing industry since the Prestige went down spilling crude oil for miles.

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.