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Hiruzta Berezia, Txakoli, Hondarribia 2018 (1x75cl)

Country: Spain
Region: Basque Country
Grape Variety: Hondarrabi Zuri
Vegan: No
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 13.0%
Availability:5 in stock for same working day dispatch when ordered by 12pm
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Product Code: SPBC0003B18S
£18.05

The 2019 vintage was awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2021 Spain supplement article A fresh look at Txakoli (see blue link below for the review).

Hiruzta Berezia, Txakoli, Hondarribia 2019 - November 2021 Decanter review

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 17 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.

Hondarrabi Zuri 100%. 

For more detail, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Hiruzta Berezia, Txakoli, Hondarribia 2018 - fiche technique

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.