Peninsula Vino Atlántico is produced from a 7ha, single vineyard called Saratsu, located in Amorebieta, Biscay. It is a steep (20%), southfacing hillside parcel on marly clay soils, with excellent light exposure, allowing the grapes to achieve perfect ripeness in this cool, Maritime climate, heavily influenced by the Cantabrian Sea, 30km away. The wine is made from the single grape variety Hondarrabi Zerratia (Petit Courbu), which we consider the most interesting of white varieties in the Basque Country. Hondarrabi Zerratia tends to have lower yields, smaller berries and more aromatic complexity than the more widely planted Hondarrabi Zuri, from which most of the simple, lighter examples of Txakolis are produced. The combination of a noble grape variety and a site with great soil and exposure produces a wine that combines depth of flavor, tension and minerality, showing the potential of the Basque Country and Biscay in particular to produce fine, terroir-driven and ageworthy white wines. The grapes were handpicked and destemmed. 80% was fermented in stainless steel tanks and 20% in 300l French oak barrels, not looking for an overt oak character, but for added breadth and texture of the palate. The wine stayed on its fine lees for 5 months before bottling. Released in summer after harvest, we expect it to develop and improve in bottle for at least two years and then offer an ideal drinking window of a further three years.
Lifted, fresh and complex aroma, showing a range of primary fruit (nectarines, yuzu, pineapple) over subtle floral and herbal notes. Vibrant acidity combined with a creamy midpalate and a long finish, sustained by a saline, mineral backbone
D.O. TXAKOLI de BIZKAIA
Grape: Hondarrabi Zerriatia