Hiruzta Txakolina “Berezia”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Hiruzta Berezia is a full-flavored, contemporary-style Txakoli made from one of the family’s more expressive vineyard plots.
Varietal Composition: 85% Hondarrabi Zuri 15% Gros Manseng
Elaboration: Grapes selected for harvesting at a small Hondarrabi Zuri vineyard with the finest maturing conditions and loaded into small crates. Destemming and crushing, followed by gentle pressing. Cold racking at 46 to 50º F. Fermentation at a controlled temperature of between 61 and 64º F. Aged on the lees in tanks for four months and stirred without aeration once a week.
Tasting Notes: Greenish, pale yellow in color. It has intense aromas of white fruit (apple), citruses (grapefruit), and also subtle floral hints. Very fresh in the mouth with a well-integrated acidity, and the full-bodied quality associated with this variety, enhanced by the ageing on the lees. Long, enveloping, aromatic and very persistent finish.
2017 – 91 Decanter “World Wine Awards” Silver Medal
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.