Txomin Etxaniz Getariako Txakolina 2012
Txomin Etxaniz has 35 hectares of protected, sloped vineyards in Getaria where the family grows two native types of grape: Hondarrabi Zuri (90%) and Hondarrabi Beltza (10%), which are harvested at the start of October and then made into Txakoli in the wineries.
“Getariako Txakolina” in Basque, “Chacolí de Guetaria” in Spanish.
This varietal comes from a small region in Gipuzkoa around the towns of Getaria, Zarautz and Aia and is of a very pale yellow to green color. This was the first variety of Txakoli to receive the DO certification in 1989.
A snappy white wine, it shares flavor spectrum with its neighbors: Albariño from Rías Baixas to the west and Cava (Penedès) to south-east. It often presents with a light effervescence, akin to the Vinho Verdes of northern Portugal, but with a fascinating touch of salinity (this vineyard is situated atop exposed limestone cliffs which are misted with spray from the waves of the Atlantic crashing at the foot.