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MARKO 2019

Vitt vin från Bizkaiko Txakolina Spanien

This wine are only available for delivery in Spain

Marko 2015: 90 points - James Suckling 2016
Marko 2016: 91 points - Guía Peñin 2019
Distrikt Bizkaiko Txakolina
Druvor Hondarribi Zuri Zerratia, Hondarribi Zuri
Årgång 2019
Fyllighet 5
Fruktsyra 9
Sötma 1
Tillverkare Oxer Wines
Artikelnr OxW130
Lagerstatus 18
I Lager
Avnjutes mellan 2020 - 2023

DO Bizkaiko Txakolina

Varieties: 60% Hondarribi Zuri Zerratia (Petit Courbu), 40% Hondarribi Zuri (Gros Courbu).
Production: 9000 bottles

MARKO was made to show the potential of the region ́s grapes when picked later and vinified as a still wine. The outcome is a ore mature and serious style Txakoli.


The vineyards are located in the village of Kortezubi, a little old town in Bizkaia, famous for its prehistoric caves which form a Unesco World Heritage Site. The vineyard soil is composed of
calcareous clay.


The alcoholic fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tanks, using autochthonous yeasts. The wine then spends three months in contact with the lees using bâtonnage which gives it extra character.


A very fresh wine dominated by citrus fruit, green apple and herbaceous aroma ́s (bay leave, fennel). The wines finishes with a mouthfilling softness caused by the time spent on its lees.

What ́s in a name 

The Basque have great respect for nature and also for the houses they live in. They even give them names. Marko is the name of Oxer ́s family house, which is surrounded by the vineyard used for this wine.


Alcohol 12,5%
Total acidity (in tartaric acid) 7,06 g/l


Marko 2015: 90 points - James Suckling 2016
Marko 2016: 91 points - Guía Peñin 2019

Per flaska Per låda
(Antal flaskor / låda: 6)

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Gassås Wine
Robert Parker: It has a balsamic and leesy touch and stony minerality
Bastegieta talks about 2019 as a textbook vintage with perfect weather conditions to produce wines with more structure but more vertical than in 2018, as showcased by the 2019 Marko, from grapes picked later than they are picked for traditional Txakoli. It's a complex blend of 55% Hondarribi Zuri Zerratia (Petit Courbu), 40% Hondarribi Zuri (Gros Courbu) and 5% Izkiriota Handia (Gros Manseng) from the village of Kortezubi close to the coast where the soils are rich in limestone with perhaps a little slate/schist. This comes from four hectares of vines, and it fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and then matured with the lees for four to five months. I cannot say this is fruit-driven, which makes sense with his approach to show the soils in the wines. It has a balsamic and leesy touch and stony minerality that is better perceived in the austere texture. 23,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2020.

“Oxer is a very exciting new project using old vine parcels from the Rioja Alavesa. This stunning white comes from a 96-year-old, one-hectare parcel in Elvillar and is a blend of Viura with 3% Malvasia, aged is used French oak. It’s a modern/traditional cross over style, with citrus peel, aniseed and nutmeg notes and good grip and depth.”.


Young Soul


Oxer always wanted to make wines in La Rioja Alavesa and in 2005 he moves to Laguardia convinced of the uniqueness of the area. In  2009 he makes his first wine with grapes purchased from the growers in the area (grapes from old vineyards). The experiment succeeds. He falls in love with this  region and its stunning vineyards. Oxer then decides this is the place where he wants to settle and further express the art of winemaking. Relatively new to the region, but already enjoying national and international recognition.

Old Vineyards 

Convinced of their singularity, Oxer invests each cent earned in buying old plots. Artillero is one of these beauties: 98 years old, located in Elvillar  (La Rioja Alavesa) at 600 metres altitude and creator of the white Iraun and red Artillero. This is only just the beginning. Oxer is in continuous search for old jewels. A visionary man with a plan: achieving immortality of his wines.  


Eye for quality and detail

The vineyards in La Rioja Alavesa are worked organically following the principle of regenerative agriculture. Man and mule work the land with great care and respect for the old vines. Different kinds of European oak are being selected for each and every single wine, and barrels and foudres are tailor-made accordingly (Francis and Stockinger). Even naming and labelling are carried out with minute detail for meaning and symbolism, expressing oxer´s universe.


Elegance, freshness and refinement

All the meticulous work in vineyard and winery culminates in extremely fresh and elegant wines. These are the characteristics Oxer strives for in all his wines. 
Old vines, only natural acidity by picking early, little extraction, spontaneous fermentation and fermentation and ageing in a mix of vessels (stainless steel tanks, concrete egg, amphorae, foudres and oak barrels different sizes) all contribute to achieving this fine wine profile.

“Wines to drink and to store.  All human wisdom for the soft scent of wine”  OMAR KHAYYAM

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