Txakoli REZABAL Arri
The Rezabal Arri special selection txakoli, from their own vineyards of more than 50 years with the autochthonous varieties: Hondarrabi Zuri and Hondarrabi Beltza, picked by hand. Selected grapes, in contact with the skin “skin maceration” to extract the aromas and increase the soft fat of the wine. Controlled fermentation partly in barrels and partly in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures, assembled during aging on its lees. This wine evokes a typical Atlantic flavor, fresh and versatile wine, with a fruity aroma and flavor.
The winery located in Zarautz and belonging to the “Getariako Txakolina” denomination of Origin, has the most advanced technology, using the most traditional methods. In short, the centuries-old tradition preserves the characteristics of the product, and technology is put at the service of quality, in order to extract its maximum wealth from some privileged grapes that have survived through time. Before her grandparents, then her parents, and now her children, it is a beautiful inheritance that requires not only dedication but also affection and affection. The aitona (grandfather) can be calm because he knows that new pruning will return, new vines will be planted, the bunches will be collected again and the musts will continue to flow.
The configuration of the floor, structure and composition will mark the support and will give you the first notes of your personality. The lands on which the vineyard sits are sandstones and appear in strata with other clayey ones, constituting configurations called flich facies whose formation took place in the Tertiary era. They form very compact soils that retain moisture, which is why slopes are sought and chosen so that no stagnation of water occurs that drowns the roots.
The second factor that intervenes is the existing micro-climate that is characterized by its mild climate, absence of frosts and abundant rainfall. All this conditions the search for slopes oriented to the rising sun, seeking at the same time to collect maximum sun and protection from the cold winds from the west and northwest. The proximity of the sea with its winds and the mildness of its climate achieve the ideal setting. In this physical framework the base of the Txakolí is inserted, which is the strain, the vine.
The plantation systems are both trellised and high trellis of approximately 1.80 meters and this is the way that achieves more insolation and that the fruit hangs and is ventilated. The support structure is based on wooden stakes and guide wires that form an awning that cover the vine and towards which the arms are guided.
In winter the vine remains at rest and the sap barely circulates through its arms; The moment chosen to carry out the pruning, a delicate operation that will test the skill and wisdom of the pruner, since the characteristics of the fruit that are obtained will depend on it, its extension and orientation. Towards March, the first buds appear. Towards May the flowering begins. The vine self-fertilizes and gives rise to small clusters that at the end of spring mark the explosion of greenery that gradually covers the space and creates a green blanket that covers the vines and that together with the blue sea make up the vineyard’s spectacle. .
The harvest takes place from the beginning of October and lasts approximately ten to fifteen days. All the effort of a year is in sight ready for collection. The grape pickers head towards 4:00 p.m. of the property with elongated scissors and under the vines the hanging bunches are cut and little by little, the baskets are filled which, in turn, are loaded into the tractors. The harvest develops from the sunniest and most mature areas to others whose maturation has been later. The cycle has ended and another begins, whereby the winemaker Ander Rezabal receives the harvest in his hands.