Loretxoa means little flower and is a reference to a song of Benito Lertxundi, an acclaimed Basque singer-songwriter. The quote on the label is from Swiss poet Hermann Hesse: “The sun speaks to us through light. Flowers give voice to fragrance and colour. The air communes through clouds, snow and rain“.
Only 1,995 Bottles Produced in 2020
Region: DO Bizkaiko Txakolina, Spain
Wine maker notes: MARKO LORETXOA is a result of using minimum sulphites in combination with indigenous yeast. This creates an environment for the flor to flourish. It’s an expression of a flor-aged wine without losing the typical Txakoli-character.
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.
After fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine is transferred to ex-Fino Sherry casks, filled to 80% of the capacity, where the wine ages for 5 months under a veil of yeast (flor).
Grape Variety/Blend: 50% Hondarribi Zuri Zerratia, 35% Hondarribi Zuri and 15% Izkiriota Txikia
Tasting Note: Marko Loretxoa shows citrus aromas with that veil background and that salinity that transports you directly from north to south, to sea on both sides of the peninsula in a single drink. Acidity and salinity is what best defines this txakoli. Guardianship txakoli no doubt.
Accolades: Marko Loretxoa 2018: Robert Parker Wine Advocate: 93 points