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Hiruzta Txakoli Berezia Hondarribia 2016
£103.70 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
Country - Spain
Region - Basque
Grape Varieties - Hondarrabi Zuri 85%, Gros Manseng 15%
Alcohol by volume - 13%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Hiruzta Txakoli Winery
Tasting notes - A rich aromatic expression of apple, grapefruit and tropical fruits, enhanced by subtle floral notes. Vibrant on the palate, with an integrated mouthwatering acidity balancing the full-bodied quality of this variety. This textured wine has a deliciously long, aromatic and very persistent finish.
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Steely with a mineral and mouthwatering palate showing white peach flavours, this is dry, aromatic and beautifully balanced with a long, pithy and vibrant finish.
The Hiruzta project was launched by the Rekalde Family, with the aim of restoring the tradition of Txakoli production in Hondarribia. The town lends its name to the grape variety from which Txakoli is produced - the Hondarrabi Zuri. The tradition of producing this wine was lost in the 17th century, but is now being restored thanks to the Hiruzta project and involvement of resident oenologist Ana Martin, a key figure in the project. She is renowned for her professional expertise in creating outstanding white wines and Txakolis and her work has garnered countless awards.
The vintage began with a rainy spring and average temperatures higher than those for the last 30 years. Dry weather during flowering and fruit set, was followed by hot dry weather. The summer was marked by the absence of rain and high temperatures, causing drought conditions which started to delay ripening. Much needed rain fell at the beginning of September, enabling the grapes to ripen somewhat later than usual. The harvest saw excellent weather with warm temperatures and little rain, resulting in a good harvest in terms of quality and quantity.
The 11 hectares of estate vineyard surrounds the winery itself, in the foothills of Jaizkibel Mountain. Planted in 2007, the vineyard is oriented towards the mid-day sun which protects it from the wind and the influence of the nearby Cantabrian sea, thereby maximising the benefit of the sunshine. The vines are trellis grown, using a double Guyot training system, which is not the traditional planting method, it is used to avoid the high humidity in the area and to gain airflow. The vines are planted in soils which have a thick bedrock layer and clayish marl topsoil.
The grapes were carefully selected at optimal ripeness from the small Hondarrabi Zuri vineyard and were loaded into small crates. They were then destemmed and crushed, followed by gentle pressing. A cold racking took place at 8 to 10°C, followed by the fermentation at controlled temperatures of between 16 and 18°C in stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged on the lees in tanks for four months and stirred, without aeration, once a week, adding complexity and texture to the resulting wine. Gently clarified, stabilised and filtered prior to bottling.
A rich aromatic expression of apple, grapefruit and tropical fruits, enhanced by subtle floral notes. Vibrant on the palate, with an integrated mouthwatering acidity balancing the full-bodied quality of this variety. This textured wine has a deliciously long, aromatic and very persistent finish.
Hors d'oeuvres, shellfish, grilled fish and mild cheeses.
Hondarrabi Zuri 85%, Gros Manseng 15%
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