2016 Itsasmendi 'Eklipse' Bizkaiko TxakolinaRegular price $60.00
This rare red Txakoli of Itsasmendi is made from a blend of Pinot Noir (65%) and an indigenous Basque grape called Hondarribi-Beltza.
Eklipse has a unique varietal personality; much of which comes from the influences of the Cantabrian Sea which is only a few kilometers away, the age of the vines, plus the predominantly limestone and clay-loam soils. The plots are also surrounded by an ancient Cantabrian Holm oak grove.
Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel conical tanks to retain the fresh aromatics of the grape, and then the wine is aged for 10 months in a 2,000 litre French oak vat, to add structure and complexity.