2016 astobiza txakoli
Txakoli from Basque Country!
Astobiza is a small, family owned and operated winery in the Txakoli de Alava D.O. of Spain. Named after a portion of the mountains nearby, Astobiza is a young Bodega with old family history in winemaking. Winemaker Xabier Abando’s memories of his dad’s making wine and growing up in the vineyards during the 1950’s, carried him past his father’s death when he was just 15 years old, giving him motivation and dreams to one day create his own winery. The Astobiza Txakoli comes from the upper reach of the Alava zone at about 650 feet above sea leavel. Nestled within the rolling hills of the Basque country, the local varietals adapted to the continental climate with a heavy Atlantic influence. The local grapes, called Hondarrabi Zuri, were hand harvested into small baskets from the organically farmed estate vines; after a cold and slow fermentation, the wine was kept in stainless steel until it was bottled as the estate’s flagship wine. This white has a delicious and brightly fresh ripe fruit, while retaining the classic brilliant acidity that Txakoli has always been known for. Aromas of white pear, young peach, green apple, and fresh grapefruit lead into an extremely fresh palate that is balanced with minerality, acidity and persistence. Serve cold in an old-fashioned glass; pair with small fish plates and cold seafood. Gorgonzola and Cabrales cheese. The wine is bottled in a Bordelaise style bottle, without added CO2, and is meant for serious consideration. Very light carbonation. Organic and sustainable. No oak.