Trophy for Champion Aromatic – New World Wine Awards 2019
Gold Medal & 96/100 – New World Wine Awards 2019
Gold Medal – New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition 2019
Coopers Creek Albariño is sourced from Doug and Delwyn Bell's vineyard in Gisborne and has been a great example and led the way for New Zealand Albariño since its very first vintage in 2011 and is still doing so picking up Trophy for Champion Aromatic at the New World Wine Awards 2019.
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Albariño hails from the North West of Spain and Northern Portugal. This wine is so named because it tastes and smells as pure as the peal of a bell, and it was grown by Doug and Delwyn Bell in their vineyard just outside of Gisborne. This tank fermented wine was handpicked and whole bunch pressed to give us juice of great character and flavour. Our inputs were minimal and were all designed to preserve as much purity as we were able to do. We have only used the ‘free run’ juice from each pressing to craft this wine."
96/100 New World Wine Awards 2019 (2019 Vintage)
"Albariño, the evocative name for the crisp white wines from the coastal area of Northwest Spain and Portugal, is an awesome match for seafood, fish and chicken with its high acid and bold fruity aromas. Initially planted in Gisborne where it has flourished, if you love Pinot Gris, then here is your next big adventure in wine. Intense flavours and aromas of lime, rock melon, mouth-watering fresh acidity and a touch of salt right at the end."
94/100 Cameron Douglas MS, December 2019 (2019 Vintage)
"Varietal, ripe, lush and enticing aromas of white peaches and pears, a spicy floral tones and a touch of stony minerality. On the palate a delicious wine with a gentle creamy texture and flavours of white fleshed fruits with a note of citrus peel back palate. Medium+ acidity, moderate weight, balanced, well made and ready. Drink now and through 2021."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2019 Vintage)
"Fresh, lively and full-bodied, this wine has strong citrusy, peachy, spicy flavours and a dry, finely poised finish. Although age worthy, it has great drinkability in its youth."
92/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, November 2019 (2019 Vintage)
"Delicately aromatic wine with mandarin, lime and citrus flavours supported by fresh, fruity acidity that gives the wine some welcome tension. A fresh, focused wine with good purity."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
93/100 Decanter, Rebecca Gibb MW (2017 Vintage)
"Coopers Creek Albarino is sourced from Doug Bell's vineyard in Gisborne, and has been utterly convincing since its very first vintage in 2011. The most recent vintage, tasted pre-bottling, is everything you'd want from a Rias Baixas Albarino: full bodied, round and complete. It's whole-bunch pressed and fermented using only the free-run juice. Pure and delicate, it has sweet, succulent peach fruit and an almost almond-like scent, making for an alluring package."