WOTW: Hiruzta Txakoli, 2015

In A Nutshell: A zippy, high-acid wine with great salinity and fruit. Difficult to pronounce but very easy to drink, especially with seafood.

The Producer: This northern Spanish producer makes exceptional wines from the Basque Country’s native Txakoli grape. The Rekalde Family are behind project and their aim is to restore the tradition of Txakoli production in Hondarribia (the town which lends its name to the grape variety with which Txakoli is produced. This tradition was lost in the 17th century and is now being restored. The first vineyards were planted in 2008, and the first wines were placed on the market in 2011.

The Wine: Txakoli is incredibly on trend, especially among sommeliers, and the wines are a perfect match for seafood and great by-the-glass offerings. “Txakoli is set to be the new Albarino!,” says Hallgarten buyer Steve Daniel, and he should know.

Tasting Note: Rich aromas of crisp apples, grapefruit and tropical pineapple are cloaked in an array of white flowers, all enhanced by the subtle effervescence of the natural carbonic gas. Balanced, fresh and mineral in the mouth, it has the slight characteristic of a pearl wine with well integrated acidity, hints of tropical fruits and a dry, salivating finish.

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