WHY WE LOVE IT
Estate-grown from Hiruzta’s own 14 ha vineyard located in Getariako Txakolina, at the foothills of Mount Jaizkibel.
Produced in the “méthode traditionnelle” style.
From: Txakolina, Spain
Varietals: Hondarrabi Zuri and Hondarrabi Beltza
The name Hiruzta means “a three-person harvest” in Basque, referring to winery owners Asensio Rekalde and his sons Txarli and Angel, whose shared dream of creating a winery in Hondarribia is now a reality. Txakoli production in this village dates back to 1186, however the tradition was lost during a long stretch of sieges and battles that took place there in the early 1600’s. Through years of work the Rekalde family has recovered and revitalized Hondarribia’s viticultural heritage, with nine vineyard plots that sit in the Jaizkibel foothills that surround the winery.
Elaboration: This sparkling wine is produced using the traditional “méthode traditionnelle”. Second fermentation takes place at a low temperature for a long period followed by aging on lees in bottles for 14 months, subsequently placed on racks for riddling. These are also disgorged artisanally. No liqueur d’expédition is used due to the fact that this is a natural sparkling wine with no sugar added during disgorging.
Tasting Notes: Clean and bright. Salmon pink color. Release of very fine bubbles and abundant rosaries with great persistence. Sustained foam crown with an exquisite and creamy texture and islets covering a large part of the wine surface. The nose shows intense aromas of red fruits (strawberry and redcurrant) with a background of blackcurrant, integrated with fine creamy and pastry touches, all accentuated by the effervescence of natural carbonic gas. Balanced and fresh on the palate, with a pleasantly sharp taste due to the carbonic gas with well-integrated acidity. Full-bodied, creamy and agreeable mid-palate, with pink grapefruit notes in the aftertaste. Long aromatic finish.
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