This is the new vintage from Itsasmendi 7, produced in the Basque Country. A Spanish white wine crafted in a rather different style from most of the wines produced in that region.
The 2017 vintage was chaotic. Frosts in spring, a mild summer, and the rainiest September of the last 30 years.
The grapes came from 7 plots planted with vines with ages ranging from 10 to 30 years.
First, they were harvested by hand and vinified in stainless steel tanks.
After that, Itsasmendi 7 2017 by the Itsasmendi winery was aged on lees in those same tanks for 8 months.
All in all, a highly original, uncommon white wine from the Basque Country.
The wine Itsasmendi 7 has a nice golden colour with some steely tinges. Not the usual colour of a Txakolí white wine, that's for sure.
This Txakolí from the DO Bizkaiko Txakolina is quite original. Some salty nuances and aromas of bone fruit and white fruit, combined with notions of white flowers, aromatic herbs, citrus and some smokey and mineral undertones. Itsasmendi 7 also displays a surprising balsamic background.
This blend of Hondarribi and Riesling produced by Bodegas Itsasmendi is fresh, smooth and dry, with a substantial volume and a lively, mentholated acidity. Remembrances of citrus, aniseed, white fruit and some mineral and herbal suggestions. Long, elegant finish.
|Our personal opinion||
There is no doubt that Itsasmendi 7 2017 goes well beyond the paradigm of traditional Txakolí. This is a far more substantial kind of white wine.
Itsasmendi 7 2016:
Enterwine 92. Bacchus Plata 2018.
Itsasmendi 7 2015:
Lesser amount of Riesling. Enterwine 92. Silver Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.
Enterwine 92. Decanter magazine: 92 points. Blend with a major amount of Hondarribi Zuri.
Itsasmendi 7 2013:
Itsasmendi 7 2012:
Gold Medal-Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2014. Silver Bacchus - 2014 Edition.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||No|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months mixing in stainless steel|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||8|
|Name of Award||Bacchus Plata 2018|
|Percentage of variety||Hondarribi Zuri Zerratie, Hondarribi Zuri, Riesling.|
|Pairings||Baked whitefish, bluefish, Cod, Curred fish, Fish and gravey, Fish and vegitables, Grilled fish, Grilled whitefish, Paté, Rice with fish, Soft pasta cheese, Vegitables sauces, White meat with gravy, Whitefish salads|
|Taste||Dry and aromatic, Dry and full bodied, Fresh and dry, Fruity and Fresh, Silky and intense|
|Occasion||Because you deserve it, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, To bring to an engagement|
Crisp, fresh and steely. Very good white wine.
Top Txakoli!! I had it while eating in Bilbao's parte vieja and found it superb. Crisp, lean and mineral.