Haitza Arretxea 2013
Domaine Arretxea was created in 1989 and lies in the heart of the Basque country, in the small AOC of Irouléguy. They now own 8 hectares of organically cultivated vines planted mostly native grape varieties such as Tannat, Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng, and have also introduced biodynamic practices. Haitza is a blend of 70% Tannat and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from sandstone soil vineyards and matured in foudre and demi-muids for 16 months. Incredibly deep in colour, it offers up notes of wild berries, earth, spice and mountain herbs. It is powerful and tannic yet imbued with such wonderful natural vibrancy and freshness. Distinctive, different and delicious.