Bodega K5

K Pilota Hondarrabi Zuri Getariako Txakolina – 2021

Region: Spain - País Vasco

Bodega K5

K5 Argiñano is a modern vineyard estate located on a hillside near the Basque village of Aia at 1000 feet above sea level overlooking the Cantabrian seaports of Zarautz and Orio.

Founded in 2005 by Spanish celebrity chef Karlos Argiñano and four partners, K5 is focused on showcasing the noble and age worthy quality of the indigenous Hondarribi Zuri and its ability to produce extracted, super-dry, mineral driven whites worthy of the finest table. The ultra-modern, gravity-flow bodega (designed by the famous architectural firm Alonso & Balaguer) is ideally matched to its environment and offers sweeping views of the surrounding countryside and seacoast. The first vintage was released in 2010.

The property totals 30 ha (74 acres) in total with 15 ha (37 acres) of dry farmed vineyards planted on slate and granite soils to the native grape,  Hondarribi Zuri. Yields are limited to under 2 kilos per vine.  The wine is aged for six months on the fine lees for complexity.

The remaining 15 ha (37 acres) are comprised of forests and the little paths surrounding the cellar, full of beech, chestnut and oak trees.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Estate vineyards near the Basque village of Aia, overlooking the Cantabrian seaports of Zarautz and Orio, D.O. Getariako Txakolina.

  • Altitude: 300 meters above Bay of Biscay
  • Vineyard Area: 15 Ha
  • Soils: Shale, delaminated slate, granite. Very eroded gray shales with medium organic content.
  • Vine Training System: Trellis
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested from younger vines on the estate
  • Prefermentation maceration and fermentation using only indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks
  • Aged 5 months in lees in tank
Winemaker's Notes

Bright, crystal clear, with pale greenish yellow and lemony sparkle. Intense clear notes of fruit and minerals, with subtle hints of white flowers and fruits like apple and winter pear. Its great mouthfeel makes it a round, satiny wine without losing the cool Atlantic character found in classic txakolinas.

Ideal for snacks and light meals: tapas, sushi, seafood, fish and white meats.

Wine Summary

100% Hondarrabi Zuri; alcohol: 11.5%; estate vineyards in Aia, D.O. Getariako Txakolina; laminated slate and granite soils with medium organic content; hand harvested from younger vines; prefermentation maceration and fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks using only indigenous yeasts; aged 5 months on lees in tank before bottling.

Technical Information
  • 100% Hondarrabi Zuri
  • Alcohol: 11.5%
  • Total Acidity: 8.57 g/l
  • pH: 3.0
  • Residual Sugar: 0.38 g/l


91.5 Points

This straw colored Hondarrabi Zuri opens with a gentle pilsner beer and white pepper bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied with medium plus acidity. The mouthfeel balanced and bright. The flavor profile is an Anjou pear, saline, and tangy lime blend. I also detected notes of stony minerality and green tea. The finish is dry and refreshing.

Ken's Wine Guide, June, 2023

General Info

REGION País Vasco
APPELLATION D.O.C. Getariako Txakolina
PROPRIETORS Karlos Argiñano
and four partners
WINEMAKER Lauren Rosillo