The perfect summer wine is now easily available and you must give it a try!
I have long been a fan of Chacoli wines which come from the Basque country and so are properly called Txacoli in their native tongue and I really urge you to try them.
The 3 Chacoli D.O.s, Bizkaiko Txakolina/Chacolí de Bizcaia around Bilbao, the miniscule inland Arabako Txakolin/Txacolí de Álava and the slightly more widely seen Getariako Txakolina/Chacolí de Getaria produce exciting light, dry white wines that partner shellfish and salads to perfection.
Together the 3 regions can only claim 90 wineries and less than 4 million bottles produced a year, which given the local thirst does not go very far – especially as these wines are now popular in the US.
If you want something really delicious and fresh and light, then this is the wine for you.
DO Getariako Txakolina/DO Chacolí de Getaria
The nose is vibrant, mineral and very enticing indeed.
In the mouth the wine is fresh, light and lively with an incredible weight of flavour – it really is a very, very tasty wine – and comes in at a mere 10.5% by volume.
The flavours are of crunchy green apples, lime citrus, blackcurrant leaf, touches of dried pineapple and peach add richness while the crisp acidity is echoed by a bracingly attractive invigorating saltiness and a dash of minerality. The sensation of freshness is enhanced by a slight spritz in the wine.
It is perfect with salad, seafood and virtually any alfresco meal including, traditionally olives and anchovies.
If it sounds odd, just give it a go – it is a delightful wine, but I do agree with you about the label.
For collectors of unusual grapes this gives you 2 for the price of 1 as it is a blend 90% Hondaribi Zuri, the local white grape, with 10% Hondaribi Beltza, the local black grape, the grapes are grown virtually on the shoreline of the Bay of Biscay near San Sebastian.
Another lovely Chacoli that I have enjoyed many times is:
DO Getariako Txakolina/Chacolí de Getaria
Around £13 a bottle from Moreno Wine Merchants
Keep popping back to read my review of a rare Chacoli Rosé soon…