Ulibarri Artzaiak 2009 'Artzai' Bizkaiko Txakolina DO
Item Number: 11409
Region: Basque Country
Sub Region: Basque Country
Appellation/AVA: Bizkaiko Txakolina DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Hondarrabi Zuri
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Clay, sand, slate, and schist
Brothers Iker and Asier Ulibarri consider themselves shepherds before all else. In fact, "Artzaiak" translates to "shepherd" in Basque. The Ulibarris raise sheep and produce cheese on their property in the Bizkaiko D.O, where they also farm 2 hectares of certified organic Hondarrabi Zuri grapes in their backyard, about 15km away from the Cantabrian Sea. Their soil is a mix of clay, sand, slate and schist.
The sheep graze the vineyard and compost the soil, giving the whole operation a very "circle of life" feeling. The brothers say that their sheep add more to the vineyard than they do.
Winemaking Notes: The Artzai Txakoli is barrel fermented in French oak and aged on the lees with almost daily stirring. It is a still wine bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal SO2 added.