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Izadi Rioja Reserva 2017

Intensely rich and fruity with warming, toasty oak flavours - a great bottle of Spanish wine!
Big & Bold, Rich & Savoury, Full-Bodied Red
Special Price £16.95 Regular Price £18.25
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Producer Izadi
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Wine Type Red Wine
Body / Style Big & Bold, Rich & Savoury, Full-Bodied Red
Grape Blend 100% Tempranillo
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 14
Vintage 2017
Special Features Vegan
Extra Info Toasty, oaked Rioja
Food Pairing Guide Enjoy with grilled meats and stews
Terroir The vineyards are planted in clay-chalk soils.

Izadi Rioja Reserva is intensely fruity, mingled with those woody, vanilla notes that mark out this style of Rioja. It's full bodied, rich and concentrated with a long, satisfying finish. For people who love the rich, toastiness of oaked red wines, this is up there with the best of them. An absolute belter.

2015 was characterised by abundant rainfall in the winter and a hot summer, which brought the harvesting period forward. August was marked by more moderate temperatures and an excellent vegetative state with a moderate yields - factors which endured until harvesting.

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.

Izadi owns 178 hectares and sources fruit from selected growers from another 108 hectares of old vineyard 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. Grapes were destemmed and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks at 28ºC, with pumping over several times daily to extract the right amount of colour and tannins. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in stainless-steel tanks before being aged in a mix of French (27%) and American (73%) oak barrels, 20% of which were new, for 16 months. The wine spent more than two years additional ageing in bottle before release. Winemaker: Ruth Rodriguez
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