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2015 TXAKOLI, Gorka Izagirre. North West Spain
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Area: The wine region is actually called Bizkaiko Txakolina and it's just outside Bilbao in north west Spain. The larger region is called, in Basque dialect, Bizkaia - or Biscay. By Spanish standards it's cool - and very wet (150cm a year is extremely high for any wine region). The best vines are planted on steep, south-facing slopes
Grape Variety: 50% Hondarrabi Zuri, 50% Hondarrabi Zerratia (in France these are called Courbu Blanc and Petit Courbu); planted on high trellises on incredibly steep slopes; fermented cool in stainless steel (with a little contact with the 'lees') to preserve freshness
Producer: Most Txakoli (pronounced Chakoli) is a light, acidic, simple wine drunk by the glass in bars in Bilbao and San Sebastian.
Gorza Izagirre were the first producer to make serious Txakoli, investing hugely in this 40 hectare estate (around half of which is vines), with a small, modern, timber-clad winery. The company also own a 3 Michelin starred restaurant, Azurmendi.
Old Bridge Rating: Appley, lemony freshness with plenty of the much sought-after "mineral" notes (so beloved of most modern white wine makers)
£14.20 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£13.46 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles
10% discount on Un-Mixed Cases.