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Rorick Vineyard Albarino

Wilson Foreigner, Rorick Vineyard Albarino 2015

R475

38 in stock

Notes

In 2005, as David Wilson and Chris Alheit were learning their craft, they met while working a harvest together at Flagstone in Somerset West in South Africa, and a deep and meaningful friendship was formed. The very next year, Chris and his now wife, Suzaan, traveled to Napa to work a harvest alongside David. The two young men talked about one day making a wine together. A decade later, they have started a project that sources exciting varieties from unique vineyards – Wilson Foreigner. The result is an incredible Albariño and a classy Valdiguié that offer new-wave styling, elegance and favourable texture rather than overt varietal character and sweet fruit.

David grew up on the family ranch, Rancho Chimiles, where he resides now with his wife, Christine, and their two children. David studied fruit science with an emphasis on wine and viticulture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is currently the Director of Vineyards and Grower Relations at Pahlmeyer. Christine grew up in the Sierra Foothills town of Murphys. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a degree in law studies and later transitioned into the wine industry.

The Albariño comes from a beautiful vineyard site in Calaveras County, owned and managed by Matthew Rorick and family. The fruit was harvested pre-dawn on August 19th, and delivered to the winery late morning. Whole cluster pressed and fermented in neutral Hungarian and French oak barrels. Full malolactic fermentation occurs, adding texture to the wine. A moderate amount of sulfur dioxide was used to prevent oxidation and no fining or filtration was done.

The block is situated along a steep, east-facing spine of quartz and mica soils at 2,000 ft. above sea level. ‘Intense sunshine moderated by cool alpine nights through the growing season build beautiful characteristics in the fruit,’ says their website. It offers richness not unlike the Cartology with an underlying acidity and fine complexity that carries through to a very long finish. Dare we say profound Albariño?

Tasting notes:
'An ephemeral nose of white fruit and herbs. The palate is light but very flavourful. Pure and fresh with a persistent finish, this is extremely elegant yet wonderfully vinous'. – Christian Eedes, Winemag, 94/100

'The wine shows white floral and citrus honey aromatics, and on the palate is soft and delicate with flavors of sweet lime, dried lavender, and a saline minerality on the finish'. – Winemaker

In 2005, as David Wilson and Chris Alheit were learning their craft, they met while working a harvest together at Flagstone in Somerset West in South Africa, and a deep and meaningful friendship was formed. The very next year, Chris and his now wife, Suzaan, traveled to Napa to work a harvest alongside David. The two young men talked about one day making a wine together. A decade later, they have started a project that sources exciting varieties from unique vineyards – Wilson Foreigner. The result is an incredible Albariño and a classy Valdiguié that offer new-wave styling, elegance and favourable texture rather than overt varietal character and sweet fruit.

David grew up on the family ranch, Rancho Chimiles, where he resides now with his wife, Christine, and their two children. David studied fruit science with an emphasis on wine and viticulture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is currently the Director of Vineyards and Grower Relations at Pahlmeyer. Christine grew up in the Sierra Foothills town of Murphys. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a degree in law studies and later transitioned into the wine industry.

The Albariño comes from a beautiful vineyard site in Calaveras County, owned and managed by Matthew Rorick and family. The fruit was harvested pre-dawn on August 19th, and delivered to the winery late morning. Whole cluster pressed and fermented in neutral Hungarian and French oak barrels. Full malolactic fermentation occurs, adding texture to the wine. A moderate amount of sulfur dioxide was used to prevent oxidation and no fining or filtration was done.

The block is situated along a steep, east-facing spine of quartz and mica soils at 2,000 ft. above sea level. ‘Intense sunshine moderated by cool alpine nights through the growing season build beautiful characteristics in the fruit,’ says their website. It offers richness not unlike the Cartology with an underlying acidity and fine complexity that carries through to a very long finish. Dare we say profound Albariño?

Tasting notes:
'An ephemeral nose of white fruit and herbs. The palate is light but very flavourful. Pure and fresh with a persistent finish, this is extremely elegant yet wonderfully vinous'. – Christian Eedes, Winemag, 94/100

'The wine shows white floral and citrus honey aromatics, and on the palate is soft and delicate with flavors of sweet lime, dried lavender, and a saline minerality on the finish'. – Winemaker

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Country

US

Region

California

Style

White

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