Doniene - Txakoli, Bizkaiko Txakolina, Spain (2019)
Subtle and complex varietal aromas of apple, citrus, herbaceous tones like fennel, wool and some minerality. Broad, viscous and round with some honey notes on the back palate. Long with a slight bitter finish –v ery characteristic of the variety. The fruit of the wine persists in the mouth.
Doniene is 100% hondarrabi zuri aged on the lees, well structured, and lacking any residual CO2; it demonstrates that the region can make wines that belong in gastronomic settings and don’t need to be consumed early. The grapes are sourced from some of their oldest white vineyards with significant clay content in the soils, perched at 250m high above the Bay of Biscay, surrounded by pine forests. Bakio has a mild climate, as the narrow valley traps the sea breeze, which makes for warmer winters and cooler summers.
After a manual harvest, the grapes are destemmed and given a brief cold soak. Only the free-run juice is used, and each parcel is vinified separately using only native yeasts. The wine then rests on its lees until bottling the following March. Very little sulfites are used in the vinification process, with less than 15ppm total