From the Basque region of Spain comes this delightful white wine that delivers minerality and complexity without taking itself too seriously. The wine is made largely from the Hondarrabi (Ondarrabi) Zuri grape with a splash of the red Hondarrabi Beltza. The vineyards are in the GetariakoTxakolina D.O. and enjoy breathtaking views of the Bay of Biscay. The vineyards were planted between 1915 and 2000 on beds of sandy, chalky loam.
Pedigree: The Etxaniz family can trace its roots back to the 1640's.and has always worked to foster respect for the local Hondarrabi grapes and terrior. Part of their commitment and work led to the establishment of the Getariako Txakolina D.O. in1989.The wine is estate bottled.
Grape Varieties: Mainly Hondarrabi Zuri with a very small amount of red Hondarrabi Beltza. Grapes are manually harvested, mainly in October.
Vinification: Following a cold maceration, the grapes are destemmed and pressed in a closed pneumatic press. Fermentation is done with selected indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and the wine stays on lees until bottling. The very low fermentation temperatures facilitate the retention of some CO2 giving the wine a natural slight petillance.
Ageing: The wine ages for 6 months in stainless steel sur lie before bottling. This bottle is not intended for cellaring and is to be consumed early to preserve the fresh, aromatic and slightly bubbly character.
Color: The wine is star bright and pale yellow with hints of green.
Bouquet: The wine shows a minerally, stony, flinty character on the nose with a hint of fresh apples.
Palate: The wine is medium to light, broad on the palate with balanced, fresh acidity. There is a hint of saltiness at the finish with the final note being just short of bone dry.
When to Drink: Drink now through 2023
Serving Temperature: Best cold 42°F - 45°F
Food Pairing: Perfect with grilled white fish. A good accompaniment to prawns, fish and white meats.