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Bodegas Itsasmendi Txakoli Itsasmendi 2016
The traditions of growing grapes and making wine in the Basque region of Bizkaia date back thousands of years. Early vineyards were located near the coastal towns of Bilbao, Lekeitio, Ondarroa, and Gernika, to supply the local demand for wine. The first references to “txakoli” date to the 17th century, but it is only in the latter half of the 20th century that the regional wines started to make their mark. The DO was created in 1994.
Bodegas Itsasmendi (means sea and mountains) was established in 1995, in Gernika, with approximately 27ha vineyards planted in 1989. The area under vines has increased to 35ha and comprises 15 distinct vineyard sites that are uniquely sheltered from the north winds and planted in such a way as to maximize exposure to sunlight, and to reflect the unique soil characteristics.
Modern winemaking techniques, result in bright, fresh wines, full of personality and richness. Winery capacity is 250,000 bottles, but current production is less than half.
Itsasmendi Txakoli (pronounced chak-oh-lee) is made from an indigenous Basque grape called Hondarribi-Zuri (pronounced on-dar-ee-bee zoo-ree), grown on south-facing hillside soils at an average height of 50-200 metres above sea level. The grapes were sourced from all 12 vineyard sites, and this wine represents about 80% of winery production.
Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to retain the fresh aromatics of the grape. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation and was aged in temperature-controlled tanks until bottling.
Our tasting note: The wine has a complex varietal personality; full of flavour with notes of citrus fruit (lemon/lime), apricot, and delicate white flowers. Refreshing acidity is balanced with fruit flavours, and finishes dry.
Pairing suggestions: Itsasmendi Txakoli is a great wine to match with seafood, or enjoy with pintxos (tapas).
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