- Gold - Sommelier Wine Awards 2018
From the DO, Getariako Txakolino, Gaintza is a family run winery that was...
established in 1923 by Jose Antonio and is located in the Basque Country in the north of Spain. Jose Antonio first purchased vineyards with the intention to make wines to share with his family, but later began to sell his wine to friends and people living in the surrounding villages. Jose Antonio's son, Joxe, continued wine production and fought to improve quality of Txakoli during a time when the wine had a poor reputation. Today, four generations later, Joseba runs the property.
Gaintza have 25 hectares under vine in Getaria, a small town known for making traditional rather than modern Txakolis. This region is known for its high rainfall, therefore meticulous work is needed in the vineyard to bring in healthy grapes. The vines are planted on sloped vineyards overlooking the Bay of Biscay and are planted with Hondarrabi Zuri, Hondarrabi Beltza and Gros Manseng. Hondarrabi Zuri is another name for Corbu Blanc, a white variety also planted over the border in Jurançon, while Hondarrabi Beltza is a black skinned grape variety that shares the same DNA parentage as Cabernet Franc. The Gaintza white is a blend of all three of these grape varieties, giving the wine complexity, fruit and acidity.
The 2017 vintage was a challenging year for Gaintza in terms of viticulture. The weather during flowering was poor and yields were down by 20% from the previous vintage. June and July were very humid with high rainfall, which increased the threat of powdery mildew. In August and September, the weather improved which reduced disease pressure and resulted in very healthy fruit.
The grapes were hand harvested, pressed gently and then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats between 15°C and 16°C. The wine was kept in contact with its lees until bottling, which added depth to this fresh and racy wine. Malolactic fermentation was prevented to preserve the acidity and lean style of this wine.
Pale gold with green reflections, this wine has a light spritz and displays aromas of green apples and lemons. On the palate, it is light and has refreshingly high acidity, characteristic of traditional-style Txakoli. The finish is clean and delicate.
|Grape varieties||85% Hondarrabi Zuri
10% Gros Manseng
5% Hondarrabi Beltza
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