Izadi Larrosa Rioja Blanca 2022

Izadi Larrosa Rioja Blanca 2022

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Izadi Larrosa Rioja Blanca

Region: Rioja, Spain

Vintage: 2022

Bottle size: 75cl

Grape: Garnacha Blanc

ABV: 13.5%

Notes: Vegan, vegetarian, practising organic

Bright aromas of lemon peel, pear and honeysuckle entice on the nose. The palate has superb purity of fruit, with notes of stone fruit and zesty acidity leading to a refreshing, fruit-driven finish.

The grapes for this wine were sourced from old bush-trained vines, planted in 1960. The vineyards sit at 600 metres above sea level, meaning the grapes benefit from warm days followed by cool nights and undergo a perfectly paced, slow ripening. This allows them to accumulate great intensity of flavour whilst retaining acidity. The soils are a combination of chalk, clay and pebbles. These old vines are low yielding, around 5 tonnes per hectare, but the fruit that they produce is extremely concentrated.

Owned and run by Lalo Antón and his family, Izadi, which means ‘nature’ in the Basque language, is a project rooted in a passion for gastronomy and wine. The estate was founded in 1987 by Gonzalo Antón, Lalo’s father, who, at the age of 37 and with a background in restaurants, decided to create his own winery with the aim of producing modern, perfumed, food-friendly wines that are true to their roots and a natural expression of the area. As well as the winery, the family also run the Michelin-starred restaurant, Zaldiaran, in nearby Vitoria.