Artomana Txakolina 'Xarmant' Txakoli 2018
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Situated in the quaint Basque herrixka (village) of Artomaña on the banks of its eponymous river are the family vineyards and winery of Artomaña Txakolina. The estate is a forty-minute drive south of Bilbao in the Arabako Txakolina DO, which is the warmest and further inland of the three Txakoli regions. Like much of this green and damp part of Spain, the vineyards and valleys are flanked by imposing mountain ranges. The limestone-rich Sierra Salvada casts an intimidating figure across the landscape giving protection from the harsh Atlantic winds while providing irrigation via the local rivers that are born at its peaks.
This moreish wine shows grapefruit, green apple, lovage, celery leaf, a waft of hay, white petals, and chalk on the nose. The palate is fresh with pear, golden delicious, and herb fleck. Starting soft, with good depth thanks to excellent, controlled phenolic development, the palate freshens on a petillant tickle and a grassy tweak. The combination of natural acidity and chalky-limestone soils give the wine a crisp saline-sourness.