K5 Argiñano

K55 Hondarrabi Zuri Sobre Lias Txakolina – 2018

Region: Spain - País Vasco

K5 Argiñano

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.

Reviews

90 Points

The 2018 K5[5] is their eighth vintage, by then from 12-year-old vines on slate and granite soils. The idea was always to age the wine with the lees to polish the acidity, which is quite high and also a key player in the wine’s aging potential. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured with the lees for 11 months. The 2018 feels young and a little riper, with more integrated acidity and a softer mouthfeel, perhaps easier to understand but not as sharp and vibrant as other cooler vintages. It has aromas of white fruit and a citrus touch, with a gentle palate. 2020 – 2023

Bodega K5 (previously known as Five Mahatsondo) was created in 2010 by three friends—Iñaki Burutxaga, Juanjo Landa and Karlos Arguiñano, a well-known TV celebrity chef. The wines are under the charge of winemaker Lauren Rosillo, who is also from Martínez Bujanda and Sedella.

© Wine Advocate, August, 2020