Jokin Aranzabal, Katalin Iturzaeta, Txakoli, Spain (2019)
White Txakoli is traditionally made from a Basque grape called Hondarribi-Zuri, but this wine also uses approximately 15% of the dark-skinned Hondarribi grape called Beltza providing extra texture and depth of flavour than the norm. Straw yellow colour. Complex, tropical aromas of yellow apple, lime zest, orange peel, and grapefruit, with herbal/floral and stony/mineral notes. Medium palate, zesty acidity (slight prickle owing to the traditional slight carbonic fizz added to the wine), and a dry, lingering, clean finish.
The grapes are grown on south-facing slopes of Aitako, at a height of 60 metres above sea level, just a few kilometres from the Cantabrian Sea. Three-quarters of the vines are over 100 years old, while the rest at over 30 years old. Soil is sandstone over clay.
Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to retain the intense, fresh aromatics of the grape, and the wine is aged in stainless steel, on the lees, for 7-8 months before bottling. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation.