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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?From 100% estate-grown indigenous varieties Hondarrabi Beltza and Hondarrabi Zuri, this is a classic Getaria-style Txakolina Rose, with light efferevescence and brilliant, refreshing acidity. Low in alcohol, this is beach wine par excellence.
RATING HISTORY:2020 91 Decanter; 2019 89 WA
GRAPE:50% Hondarrabi Beltza, 50% Hondarrabi Zuri. Sustainably farmed vines planted in 1958 to clay and limestone soils, at 75m (246 ft) elevation.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Gaintza Rose’s low alcohol, effervescence and bright acidity make it a wonderful aperitif on its own, but it would be beautiful with shellfish, shrimp, and fried seafood.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel, with 24 hour maceration. 45 day, slow fermentation, with no malolactic. Aged for 8 months on the lees in stainless steel. Bottled at 0 degrees of natural sugar. Natural carbonation from finished fermentation in bottle.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Gaintza is located in the Getaria subzone of the Spanish Basque country, on the Cantabrian coast. Vineyards are planted between 150 and 500m from the ocean, at 75m elevation on the bluffs overlooking the water. Soils are limestone and clay. Fairly constant temperature with little diurnal variation due to proximity to the ocean. Warm during the growing season, with average temperature of 61F (16C). Rainfall is plentiful, averaging 13mm/month from April to October.
TASTING NOTES:Bright salmon-pink. On the nose, aromas of lemon, raspberry, and strawberry with a whiff of salt. On the palate, mouthwateringly bright and effervescent. Snappy with gulpable appeal, with fraises de bois, bright raspberry and mineral flavors. Finishes salty and clean, begging for another sip.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:.91 lbs (.45 kg)
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