Ignacio Ameztoi selects his oldest vines of hondarrabi zuri for Primus, the apex expression of Getariako Txakolina, which we like to drink as we would an unoaked Premier Cru Chablis. Primus is a low-alcohol, next-level txakoli aged on the lees and built to be poured with diverse cuisine; the old vines at Ameztoi deliver incredible complexity and the unmistakable imprint of the Basque coastline. In contrast to the gently effervescent classic white txakolina of Ameztoi, which is traditional to Getaria, Primus is a still txakolina. Due to the limited nature of this release, Primus is offered just once each spring, exclusively in pre-sale format.
Vintage – 2020 was an extremely challenging and strenuous vintage for everyone, particularly so for artisan producers in northern Spain. It was a year where the skill and experience of the producer’s work in the vineyards was paramount, as was the case with Ameztoi. A rainy spring set the conditions for outbreaks of mildew, resulting in the loss of many grapes and lower yields; however, the bunches that were unaffected were of excellent quality. The summer was quite hot and dry, which pushed the harvest forward to early September, but some relief did come in the form of sporadic rainstorms which provided much-needed relief for the drought-stressed vines. Overall, 2020 is more balanced than 2019, with excellent, fully developed fruit and a structure that should lend 2020 Primus the ability to age gracefully in the mid-term.
Vinification – Hand-harvested old vines are fermented by native yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine is then aged for six months, without bâtonnage (lees stirring), and bottled directly off the fine lees from the tank, cold stabilized, without filtration.