Hiruzta Berezia Txakoli Hondarribia 2017


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Native to the Basque Country in northern Spain, Hondarrabi Zuri is used to make Txakoli. Small, dense berries make a wine that's pale, high in acid offset by its slight petillance, and noted for its citrus, herbaceous and floral characters.

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RRP: £20.49 (save 20%)

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Winery: Hiruzta

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Lovely pale yellow colour with glints of green and rich aromas of white (apple), citrus (grapefruit) and tropical (pineapple) fruits, cloaked in a subtle floral perfume. Very fresh in the mouth with a well-integrated acidity and the full-bodied quality associated with this variety, enhanced by the ageing on the lees. Long, enveloping, aromatic and very persistent finish.

The Hiruzta project was launched by the Rekalde Family, whose aim is to restore the tradition of txakoli production in Hondarribia (the town which lends its name to the grape variety with which txakoli is produced - the Hondarrabi Zuri); this tradition was lost in the 17th century and is now being restored thanks to the project.

The first vineyards were planted in 2008, and the wines initially went to market in 2011.

Grapes are harvested from a small vineyard with the finest maturing conditions and transported in small crates, then destemmed and crushed, followed by gentle pressing. Cold racked at 8-10C, and fermented at a controlled temperature of between 16-18C. Aged on the lees in tanks for four months and stirred without aeration once a week. Gentle clarification and stabilisation.

Good development in the bottle for three to four years.

Data sheet
RRP £20.49
Vintage 2017
Alcoholic strength 13%
Serve with Appetisers, hors d'oeuvres, mild cheeses, shellfish, fish, rice and pulses
Grapes Hondarrabi Zuri 85%, Gros Manseng 15%
Dry/Sweet value 1
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic No
Biodynamic No