Hiruzta Txakolina 2019
Hondarrabi Zuri｜Txakolina, Spain
Txakolina – what?! Say it with me now: chock-oh-LEE-nah.
From El País Vasco – Basque Country – of Spain, Txakoli wines are unlike anything else. Straddling France and Spain, Basque Country is tattooed with history and significance; everyone from pilgrims walking the Way of St. James to empires intent on conquest have traveled this land. The wines of Txakoli come in all shades, red, white & rosé and can be still, sparkling, or bottled with a slight prickle like this white from Hiruzta.
The Hiruzta estate sits at the base of Jaizkebel Mountain, the first peak in the western Pyrenees, towering above a series of walled fortress towns the Basque have defended for centuries. The grapes, their language, its architecture, the cuisine – everything about this region is idiosyncratic, one of a kind.
Straight away the wine shows lemon curd, lime peel, and vanilla-tinged flowers. If you've ever struggled to grasp the definition of "minerality" in a wine, you're not alone – this is a master class in wet-stone and slate flavors, backed up by just deliciously brisk citrus oil, zest, and effervescence.
Traditionally, Txakolina are slightly spritzy, bottled with a bit of carbon dioxide for a fresh and zingy clean finish.
Hondarrabi Zuri is the grape, from the nearby town of Hondarribia – it may be hard to pronounce but the wine is deliciously approachable and goes down all too easy!
As the temperatures edge higher, we're going all in on lithe, sunny wines like this – and even if the weather hasn't yet turned it seems to brighten our spirits and enliven our dinner table!