#5 Botanica Wines ‘The Flower Girl’ Albariño 2020
It’s no surprise to us that this wine made the list this year. Since the Spring we’ve been singing the praises of this little beauty to anybody who would listen. In general, we’re advocates of tradition in winemaking and grape selection; Sangiovese is best in Tuscany, Tempranillo is best in Spain, etc. You get the idea. There are however exceptions to our somewhat rigid outlook. Ginny Povall is rocking some traditional varietals in a non-traditional location, the Western Cape of South Africa. Her Albariñomay very well be one of the most interesting white wines we’ve tasted. Albariño is traditionally a Spanish or Portuguese varietal, but Ginny’s is worthy of a mention in the discussion of classic Albariño. Grown in soils comprising of shale gravel, this wine screams clean, citrus, acid and vibrance with brilliant flavors of nectarine, lemon zest and grapefruit. A commendable wine for your feast of the seven fishes. There’s limited availability so grab one while you still can.