Izar-Leku Brut Vintage 2016
Segunda añada de este espumoso elaborado a partir de un vino base de txakoli siguiendo el método tradicional o champenoise. Izar-Leku, que en euskera significa "el lugar de las estrellas", es toda una declaración de intenciones: en el corazón de Guipúzcoa pueden hacerse cosas distintas. Un Brut con una gran demanda en el mercado que agrada por sus notas aromáticas de cítricos y hierbabuena y su paladar mineral, amplio y envolvente.
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The second vintage for this amazing and unusual sparkling Txakoli, the 2016 Izar-Leku was produced by the traditional method of second fermentation in bottle, where the wine spent 18 months, but the base wine was with lees for a year (one-third in barrel) before it was put in bottle. The bottles are kept at low temperature, 13 degrees Celsius and nowadays at 11.5 degrees Celsius, which makes for a slower fermentation that produces very fine bubbles. They have not disgorged all the bottles and some are going to be kept for a bit longer, but the wine is sold out and in high demand. This is sharp, mineral and saline, bone dry and clean, precise, from a slightly warmer year than 2015 in the zone. It's slightly different, quite pure, with some nutty undertones, with a slightly rounder palate and quite long. The most striking feature of this is its salinity in the finish. Not surprisingly, the vines are some 200 meters away from the sea! They were helped by Raphaël Bérêche from Champagne fame to produce this sparkling wine. 20,000 bottles produced—what they can get from the almost four hectares of vineyards.
A tight, focused sparkling wine with sliced pear, green apple and some dried biscuit. Medium bodied, dry and bright with a fresh finish. Dry and beautiful. Around 10% reserve wine is used and the base is aged in barrel for between six and twelve months, then 30 months in bottle. A blend of 92% hondarrabi zuri and 8% hondarrabi beltza. Drink now.