`Larrosa’ Rioja Rosado

Rioja Alavesa

Izadi

Izadi is based in Villabuena in the Rioja Alavesa, the highest part of...

Rioja. The hillside winery (whose precipitous slope allows for gravity assisted production) was founded in 1987 by Gonzalo Antón as a modern breakaway from the traditional style of wine produced by other members of his family. As his son Lalo, who now runs the estate, says: "the whole concept of Izadi really started around wanting to produce wine to satisfy the needs of our friends over a meal". Izadi produces modern, international wines that are true to their roots and a natural expression of the area.

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Vineyards

The Garnacha grapes for this rosé were sourced from a selection of high altitude (790 metres above sea level) vineyards on clay-chalky soils with goblet trained low-yielding vines. The climate in this area is Atlantic with a Mediterranean influence.

Vintage Information

Spring and summer were very warm, and as a result, harvest started 15 days earlier than the previous year and finished before the end of September. Weather in September was exceptionally cold and dry, with temperatures more than 2ºC lower than during the past 10 years which allowed the grapes to mature slowly and in perfect health until harvest.

Vinification

All grapes were hand-harvested. They were destemmed and softly crushed, then the free run juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks. This wine saw no malolactic fermentation or barrel ageing, to maintain its vibrancy.

Tasting Notes

This rosé has a lovely pale salmon colour. It has aromas of strawberry, raspberry and red cherries, alongside notes of white peach and pear. The finish is long and very elegant.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 100% Garnacha Tinta
Region Rioja Alavesa, Rioja
Winemaker Ruth Rodríguez
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 6.19g/l
Residual Sugar 1.3g/l
Wine pH 3.27