Izadi, Rioja Blanco 2021
Region: Rioja, Spain
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 60% Viura 10% Grenache Blanc 10% Maturana Blanc 10% Tempranillo Blanco
5% Turruntés 5% Malvasia
Lemon yellow in colour with bright, green tones. Succulent white and tropical fruit, citrus, floral notes, are complemented by deep, toasty and spicy aromas. On the palate, this wine is refreshing and well structured, with citrus and white fruit notes dominating, followed by a lightly toasted finish.
The grapes for the Izadi wines are grown on 178 hectares of vineyard, all of which are either owned or leased on long term contracts, so Izadi have full control over production. Fruit for the Rioja Blanco comes from the Villabuena, Ábalos and Samaniego vineyards, planted in 1960 with a selection of native varieties. The white maturana, white tempranillo and some of the white garnacha grapes are grown at a vineyard of high altitude, between 650 and 750 metres above sea level. The turruntes and other white garnahca grapes come from vineyards in baños de ebro, grown on clay and limestone 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.