In Spain’s coastal Basque Country, “Xarmant” (char-mant) means ‘charming.’ Txakoli (cha-ko-lee) is the joyous, light, white wine shared amongst friends with northern Spain’s legendary cuisine. Xarmant utilizes a blend of sustainably grown estate grapes, the traditional varieties indigenous to the Basque region: Hondarrabi zuri with gros manseng, petit manseng, and petit corbu. The winery is located near the town of Amurrio at 350m elevation in the verdant Orduña Valley in the foothills of the Sierra Salvada mountains It’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean creates a unique, ideal microclimate to produce this ‘charming’ wine.
Grapes are harvested separately, based on ripeness, and the must is extracted using a pneumatic press. After a brief cold maceration, each grape variety ferments separately in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures, utilizing native yeasts. The wine then ages on the lees for two months with some bâtonnage for selected tanks. The wine is then blended and stored at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks for stabilization until bottling. Per the style in Álava, Xarmant is bottled with less naturally occurring residual carbon dioxide than txakoli from other regions, like Getaria.
Site: Artomaña: 21ha split between eleven estate vineyards
Grapes: 70% Hondarrabi Zuri / 10% Gros Manseng / 10% Petit Manseng / 10% Petit Corbu
Vine Age: Vines planted in 1986
Soil: Deep alluvial soil with loam and calcareous elements
Vinification: Fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks.
Aging: Two months on the lees without bâtonage
4 pack of 250ml cans.