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Bodegas Itsasmendi
Txakoli Blanco DO
White Wine

Region/Appellation: Spain, Basque, Txakolina
Grape: Hondarribi-Zuri
Style: Fresh and Crisp

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Vineyards: Grown on south-facing hillside slopes at an average 50-200 metres altitude. Very close to the sea's moderating climate.

Winemaking Process: 100% Hondarribi-Zuri (pronounced on-dah-ree-bee zoo-ree) grapes, hand harvested, then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to retain the fresh aromatics of the grape. After fermentation, the wine remains in stainless steel tanks for 4-5 months before being bottled.

Alcohol Content: 11.5% alc./vol.

Tasting Note

Tasting Note: Bright, pale lemon yellow in colour. Lovely aromas and flavours of apricot, pear, lemon/lime citrus, and delicate mineral notes. Fruit on the palate, crisp acidity, and a dry, lingering, mineral finish.

Serving Temperature: Serve at 10-12ºC

About the Grape

Hondarribi-Zuri : Hondarribi-Zuri (pronounced on-dah-ree-bee zoo-ree) is an indigenous white-wine grape, from the Basque region of Spain. It produces white wines -- called Txakoli (pronounced chak-oh-lee) -- that have characterisitc fresh acidty and a nice clean finish. Some regions bottle their wines with a slight spritz, but decreasingly so.

Bodegas Itsasmendi

Bodegas Itsasmendi (meaning sea and mountains in local dialect) was founded in 1995, with approximately 27ha vineyards planted in 1989. Located in the Basque region of Spain, the flagship wine is Itsasmendi Txakoli, made from the indigenous grape Hondarrabi Zuri.

The traditions of growing grapes and making wine in the Basque region of Bizkaiko date back thousands of years. Early vineyards were located near the coastal towns of Bilbao, Lekeitio, Ondarroa, and Guernika, 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. In 1994 the Bizkaiko DO was created.

At Itsasmendi the vineyards are uniquely sheltered from the north winds and planted in such a way as to maximize exposure to sunlight. 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.

The winemaker for Itsasmendi is Ana Martin, one of Spain’s most talented “flying” winemakers. Her approach with the wineries she works with is to “stand up for those that make distinct, special wines, complex in sensations but at the same time easy to drink, wines that the consumer can talk about but at the same time can drink without needing to be a specialist.”

Bodegas Itsasmendi
Barrio Mendibile 42
48940 Leioa

Phone number: +94 607 60 71

Email: info@bizkaikotxakolina.org

Website: http://www.bizkaikotxakolina.org

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