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Primary Notes: Apple, Quince Lemon, Grapefruit Saline, Limestone, Salty
Tertiary Notes: Umami
Body: Medium +
Tannin: Medium -
Alcohol (%): 13
Origin & Awards
Origin: Rioja Alavesa, Basque Country
Maker: Oxer Wines
Grape: Petit Courbu
Fermentation: Slight Wood
Serving Temperature: Best served between 8–10°C
Asian Food Pairing: Crispy Vietnamese pork pancakes, oyster omelette, Japanese style seared scallops
Western Food Pairing: Leek and onion quiche, mussels and fries, smoked trout with watercress
Oxer Terlegiz 2021
Oxer Terlegiz is an edgy, crunchy and mineral expression of a Bizkaiko Txakolina. Incredibly complex, expressive nose of lemon citrus and oyster shells over a quince and roasted apple background. Flavours of grapefruit, umami and a salty limestone minerality really crashes into the palate. Tightly woven in the mouth, where grippy tannins and mature acidity interplay. Results in a most expressive age-worthy wine that is meant to keep for eternity.
Fun Fact: The meaning of the Basque word Terlegiz is sanctuary for bees. It is also the name of the neighbourhood where Oxer’s father was born and where the vineyards are located.
Ageing potential: Keep until 2037!
35% Hondarribi Zuri Zerratia (Petit Courbu), 35% Hondarribi Zuri (Gros Courbu) and 30% Izkiriota Txikia (Petit Manseng). The fruit comes from a vineyard located in the village of Kortezubi, a little old town in Bizkaia, famous for its prehistoric caves that form a Unesco World Heritage Site. The vineyards are located on a clay-loam textured topsoil over limestone subsoil, with patches of schist.
Strict selection of the grapes. The wine ferments 100% in foudres, using indigenous yeast. After fermentation the wine remains a minimum of 6 months in contact with the lees.