Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Hijo de Rubentis Rose
About the Wine: Stimatum, meaning esteemed, is Ameztoi’s limited red txakoli. It is produced exclusively from the local, indigenous hondarrabi beltza variety, grown on traditional trellises high on the slopes rising above Getaria, an ancient Basque fishing village on Spain’s rugged northern coast. The traditional style of Stimatum is true to the origins of the Getariako region’s winemaking tradition, a high acid and low-alcohol wine with a luminous, refreshing frame and the signature spritz of natural, residual CO2. It is a fantastic, natural accompaniment to the local calamares en su tinta, squid served in its own ink. About the Producer: In the 2000s, when almost all the other local wineries gave up on the indigenous red hondarrabi beltza vines, the Ameztoi family retained their old vines which were planted in 1840, giving their wines such exceptional vibrancy and complexity. Stimatum is inspired by the historic claret-style wines which were once produced in the area before phylloxera. Technical Info: Vinification –The vines for this bottle were planted from 1918 to 2008 on clay calcareous soils, 50m to 200m high. After hand-harvesting, the must ferments in temperature-controlled steel tanks using indigenous yeasts from the vineyard, with 20 days of skin contact. Towards the end of alcoholic fermentation, the stainless tanks are closed to preserve the natural carbonation from fermentation, which is the preferred style of Getaria. After resting for six months on the lees, the wine is bottled directly off the fine lees from the tank, cold-stabilized, without filtration.