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Bengoetxe Getariako Txakolina Blanco

$28.00

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Vintage: 2023
Region: Basque Country, Spain
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: 95% Hondarribi Zuri and 5% Gros Manseng

Bengoetxe Getariako Txakolina Blanco is sourced from the only organic vineyard in the Basque Country. Bengoetxe makes a more serious style of Txakolina. Lemon zest, melon, chalky mineral, and a slight spritz from naturally trapped CO².

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Additional information

NATTINESS

Natty

FRUIT

Citrus, Lemon, Melon

BODY

Light-bodied

ACIDITY

Electric (High)

ALCOHOL

12-13%

SWEETNESS

Dry

SERVING TEMP

Chilled Whites and Rosés (48°–52°)

SULFUR

Low Sulfur (less than 50mg/L)

VEGAN

Vegan

IMPORTER

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ABOUT THE PRODUCER

About Bengoetxe Getariako Txakolina Blanco

Bengoetxe Getariako Txakolina Blanco is sourced from the only organic vineyard in the Basque Country. Txakolina is a white wine from the Basque Country in northwest Spain. It’s an area cooled by the Atlantic Ocean, which leads to some of the most refreshing, crisp, thirst-quenching wines on earth. Bengoetxe makes a more serious style of Txakolina, with a combo of minerality and citrus that makes it a can’t-miss for anyone who enjoys Sancerre. Lemon zest, melon, chalky mineral, and a slight spritz from naturally trapped CO². 95% Hondarribi Zuri and 5% Gros Manseng, from a single certified organic 3.5 ha vineyard planted on a moderately steep slope of mostly clay, located in the highlands of the province of Gipuzkoa, this is fermented with wild yeasts in small 3,000-liter steel vats, and raised on the lees for up to one year. It is bottled unfiltered and unfined.

About Bengoetxe

Distinctive wines, wines that speak of their terruño, come from lovingly tended and organically farmed grapes. It is this nurturing philosophy, rare in the Basque Country, a region dominated by industrial farming and winemaking, which drives Iñaki and Rosa Maria Etxeberria to produce Bengoetxe.

We first met Iñaki and Rosa Maria after they released the 2009 vintage, a wine that floored us for its stone fruit, beeswax, and mineral depth. Was this Riesling? Chenin? Basque wine? How did this wine have such lovely intensity without oak or obvious tricks? From Getaria, really?

It turns out that Etxeberria’s baserria has a long history and unique terruño to go along with the single wine they produce. Perched high up on a clay slope, their ancient farmhouse has been handed down to the family for generations. The locals have long affectionately nicknamed it, Bengoetxe, which means ‘come home’ in Basque. After both phylloxera and civil war hit their area, the vineyards were ripped out. It was only in 2001 when the Etxeberria’s replanted their land with the native Hondarribi Zuri and Gros Manseng, called Iskirita Zuri Handia (say that 5 times!) in Basque. Organic from the beginning, certification came in 2007, the first producer in the Basque Country to do so.

One of the few producers in the D.O. that’s not located right next to the coast and in or directly near the town of Getaria. Using historical evidence of pre-phylloxera plantings that vineyards were inland, Olaberria, Iñaki fought for years to be included in the D.O. Finally he persuaded the Consejo Regulador- the governing body that controls membership, winegrowing, and winemaking rules for Getariako Txakolina- to grant them D.O status in 2008.

Bengoetxe’s terruño gives a different face to Txakoli. Their village Olaberria is a little warmer, especially in the summer, and the soil is more clay-dominated than their coastal neighbor’s. Their grapes are riper, sturdier grapes.

Thankfully, the Etxeberria’s do not intend to make a copy-cat Txakolina. Classic and slow wild yeast fermentation takes place in small 3.000 litros vats, located in their home garage, then the wine is raised on the lees for up to a year with no batonnage. SO2 levels are kept to a minimum and because all CO2 “is natural” (not injected) the wine does not often show the spritzy character of other Txakolis from Getaria.

This is a “Real” Basque Country wine to pair with Serrano ham, sheep’s cheeses, poultry as well as fresh seafood. We can’t help but feel like this was how the Txakolis of the past tasted before commercial yeast, chemicals, and heavy filtration took hold of the region. With Bengoetxe, we feel we have unearthed an authentic and treasured puzzle piece of Basque winegrowing history.