Winemaker notes: Gure Arbasoak is Basque for “our ancestors”. It represents the respect for the ancient Basque culture. The frase on the front label comes from a Basque witch spell. Baga, Biga, Higa. Ikimilikiliklik, Izan Ontsa! (One, two, three, abracadabra, be good!).
The vineyards are located in the village of Kortezubi, a little old town in Bizkaia, famous for its prehistoric caves which form a Unesco World Heritage Site. The vineyards are located on a clay loam topsoil over limestone subsoil. Slate can be found in some parts.
70% of the wine is fermented in 500 litre French oak barrels and foudres, and 30% in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, using indigenous yeast, the wine is aged for 9 months in contact with its lees. Finally the wine is bottled unfiltered.
Grape Variety/Blend: 45% Hondarribi Zuri Zerratia (Petit Courbu), 40% Hondarribi Zuri (Gros Courbu) and 15% Izkiriota Txikia (Petit Manseng)
Tasting Note: Marko Gure Arbasoak shows aroma’s of ripe yellow apple and pear, as well as herbaceous and floral notes. The barrel fermentation and bâtonnage add smoky and yeasty complexity as well as creamy texture. A pleasant dry and mineral finish.