Uno Txakoli, Goianea

Uno Txakoli, Goianea

The Denominación de Origen of Txakoli de Álava is tiny, only about 60 hectares of vines are registered, and it's young, being only created in 1989. Situated about 15 miles south of Bilbao, in the Basque country, the region has a wine history going back hundreds of years to the middle ages, based around the white grapes Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Zuri Zerratia (the ‘smaller’ type). Both of these grapes are used equally by Goianea to make their distinctive white, with the addition of 4% Riesling. The Goianea Cooperative Society is a project between a priest a restaurateur and a stockman who farm ten hectares using organic fertilisers and minimum intervention to craft nervy, refreshing white wines. The grapes are vertically-pressed and the juice goes through a natural racking process, prior to fermentation using the natural vineyard yeasts; the wine is lees aged for about five months with bâtonnage. Shows notes of apricot and citrus on a rich, almost oily, palate; with a touch of bitterness balanced out by a refreshing finish.

  • Type: Red
  • Country: Spain
  • Region: País Vasco (Basque)
  • Vintage: 2014/2015
  • Producer: Goianea
  • Primary grape: Hondarribi Zuri
  • Secondary grape: Hondarribi Zuri Zerratia
  • Screwcap: Cork
  • Bottle size: 75cl
  • List price: £11.64
  • Code: 29939
  • Expression: Leaf