Jon Zubeldia y su equipo se sirven de la magnífica Hondarrabi zuri del valle de Ayala para presentar su reinterpertación de Malkoa, un txakoli de edición limitada y marcado carácter atlántico. Se trata de un blanco complejo, con notas aromáticas balsámicas y de pomelo y un paso por boca largo, potente, fresco y estructurado.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
Single-vineyard wine from Alava, distilling the ambition of luxury Txakoli. Careful grape selection, long ageing (20 months) in concrete vats, in contact with the lees. Round and firm, quite atypical for Txakoli, with ripe fruit aromas, bready and honey hints. Quite powerful, despite moderate alcohol. Very good in its more international style. (Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW)
The 2016 Malkoa is 100% Hondarrabi Zuri from their estate vineyards on limestone, clay and sand soils, picked ripe (it's 13% alcohol) and kept in concrete with double lees (also the lees from another vintage) for two years before it was bottled. The bottles are also kept for a couple of years before they are released. I'd say this is a very good white wine rather than a Txakoli, as it doesn't follow the traditional style of a lightly fizzy and sharp young wine. This is more refined, with more depth and complexity, and the long aging has provided nuance and layers. This feels like a completely different wine from the 2014 I tasted before. It's solid and balanced, with a pleasant bitter twist in the finish. 5,500 bottles were filled in September 2018.