An amazing wine, Izaro Getariako Txakolina 2013, from quite unknown Spanish appellation in Basque Country called Getariako Txakolina DO (or Chacoli de Guetaria, or Txakoli de Guetaria).
Txakoli is the name of style of wines made in three appellations in the province of Gipuzkoa and it describes sparkling wines (pétillant naturel) made from grapes from the Hondarrabi family (in majority + 10% of other grapes allowed in the DO) that are crisp, fresh and light.
The local tradition is to pour Txakoli from a height to create even more fizziness what gives an amazing impression on all the people who see it for the first time.
Izaro attracted me with its beautiful blue bottle and it was a good choice! In general the wine is very fresh, crisp and light with beautiful lemony notes. But let’s look closer at Izaro:
Izaro Getariako Txakolina 2013 is a wine with beautiful golden pale colour and very tiny natural bubbles. The bouquet is very delicate and fresh with some apple and pear aromas and a hint of lemon.
In the mouth the wine is fresh, light, silky, mineral and very dry with slightly creamy texture and some nice small bubbles. The acidity is high and gives beautiful crispy and zesty impressions. On the palate there are fruit flavours of green apples, not very ripe pears, lime and a lemon peel. Finish is crisp and long with a salty aftertaste.
Izaro Getariako Txakolina 2013 – wine review:
Wine – Izaro Getariako Txakolina
Country – Spain, Basque Country
Region – Gipuzkoa
Appellation – Getariako Txakolina DO
Vintage – 2013
Grape varieties – Hondarrabi Zuri
Producer – Nicolas Ulacia e Hijos
Winemaker – nd
Vineyards – Getaria
Style and type – sparkling (pétillant naturel); white, dry
Alcohol – 11%
Barrel ageing – no
Serving temperature – 8-11°C
Cellaring – no
Price range – 15 Euro
Tasting date – October 2014