Doniene Gorrondona Txakolina 2014
The unique location of this winery is evident from the moment one steps into the Bakio valley. This bowl faces the Cantabrian Ocean, with steep facings creating a unique landscape. On these facings are planted Hondarribi Zurri. All of these well drained soils are farmed organically. Itziar and Andoni believe in creating wines that reflect this unique terruño. To do so, all their wines are fermented using indigenous yeasts.
Doniene Gorrondona represents the recuperation of a long viticultural tradition in Bizkaia.
On the southern edge of the rocky Bay of Biscay in northern Spain, this is Basque country and home to the refreshing and slightly effervescent (usually) white wine, Txakoli. Three subregions compose the larger one: Getariako Txakolina, Bizkaiko Txakolina and Arabako Txakolina. While Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarrabi Beltza are the main grape varieties, other French varieties are scattered throughout the region.
With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.