John Gilman 90
"I had been very impressed with the 2013 vintage of 2015 Getariako-Txakoli from Antxiola and the 2015 is a fine follow-up. The wine still has a touch of its dissolved CO2 in it, which is what Getariako-Txakoli is prized for in its home region. The wine offers up vibrant scents on the nose of lime, green apple, salty soil tones, lemongrass and a lovely touch of wild fennel. On the palate the wine is medium-full, bright and rock solid at the core, with fine focus and grip, bright acids and good length and grip on the quite complex finish. This is every bit as good as the fine 2013 and another really excellent value."
"Antxiola pronounced (ahn-cho-la) is a txacoli wine made by Bodegas Zudugarai. The winery was founded in 1989 the same year that the DO of Getaria txakolina was founded. The Errasti family has been growing grapes and making wine from these vineyards for over 40 years working with the local varieties of Hondarrabi Zuri and Hondarrabi Beltza. The vineyards and winery are near the coast line among rolling hills at about 90 meters above sea level. The sunniest and windiest slopes are the ones planted to vines so that the grapes can get ripe and also remain dry and avoid fungal and rot issues. All work in the vineyards is done by hand including harvest. Fermentation takes place naturally in stainless steel tanks over a period of about 20 days. The wine is then bottled while young to retain some of its natural effervescence.
The name Antxiola refers to a famous fortified home in the nearby town of Orio that was part of the walls fortifying the town. A rendering of that home is on the label of this wine. Admiral Antxiola was one of the most famous owners and written records of the house date back to 1555 – but we know the house is older than that."~Distributor Notes