Gaintza Aitako<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?From 100+ year old vines, and 12 months on the lees, Gaintza Aitako is a much more serious, weighty expression of Txakolina. Aitako means “from the father” in Euskera, the local language, and the wine pays homage to the first generation of family winemaking.
RATING HISTORY:2019 91 Decanter; 2018 92 WA
GRAPE:90% Hondarrabi Zuri, 10% Chardonnay. Sustainably farmed vines planted in the 1920s to clay and limestone soils, 1,500 ft. from the ocean.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Aitako’s bright acidity and intense maritime character make this a wonderful pair with seafood, particularly fried preparations like smelts or calamari. Also lovely with anchovies and olives – anything with a strong umami component.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:The wine spends 12 months on its lees in stainless steel tank, with an additional 6 months in bottle before release. Unlike some wine from DO Getariako Txakolina, the wine is bottled completely dry, with almost none of the effervescence found. The result is a singularly terroir-driven Txakoli that reflects a bright future for Bodegas Gaintza, as well as a heralded past.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:The 3 ha of vineyards that provide Aitako Blanco are the oldest in the estate, and this “family reserve” bottling comes from vines planted nearly 1,500 feet from the ocean, perched on the bluffs overlooking the water and town of Getaria; Gaintza means “on top of” in Euskera. The soils here are clay with limestone, and the climate is mild but wet.
TASTING NOTES:Bright green-yellow. On the nose, high toned aromas of lemon, quince, green apple and white flowers are comingled with citrus peel and mineral. On the palate, weighty yet austere, with beautiful balance between the effervescent acidity and the weighty intensity. Finishes bone dry and full of minerality, with impressive length.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:.91 lbs (.45 kg)
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