Izadi Rioja Reserva 2018
Region: Rioja, Spain
Bottle size: 75cl
A beautiful nose adorned with black and red currant fruits, tobacco, liquorice and earthy undertones. The palate is deep and mouthfilling, with a medium-full body. Overall, a very pure, rich and concentrated Rioja.
Izadi owns 178 hectares and sources fruit from selected growers from another 108 hectares of old vines with an average age of 45 years. All located within the triangle formed by three villages: Villabuena, Samaniego and Ábalos. The vines are traditionally trained bush vines, a method which Izadi believes gives better exposure of the grapes, something which in turn leads to better ripeness and softer, fuller wines. The vineyards are 450-550 metres above sea level so warm days give way to cool nights, encouraging the aromatic qualities in the grapes to develop whilst retaining fresh acidity. The vineyards are planted in clay-chalk soils.
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.