Decanter World Wine Awards 2022, Silver
Country: Spain Region: Rioja
Varietal: 100% Garnacha Tinta
Vintage: 2021 colour: Rose Style: Dry
Producer: Bodegas Izadi
The Larrosa wines are a new project from the Izadi team, created to showcase the quality of fruit from old bush vine Garnacha. The vineyards are located between 600-800m above sea level, in the village of Tudelilla in Rioja Alavesa. The vines experience warm days and cool nights, as well as Mediterranean and Atlantic influence. The wines display both a vibrancy and freshness few can rival at this price point.
The grapes for this rosé were sourced from 60-year-old Garnacha
bush-trained vines, planted on chalky-clay soils. The vineyards sit
at 790 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. These old vines are low
yielding, around 5 tonnes per hectare, but the fruit that they
produce is extremely concentrated. Harvesting is done by hand.
VINIFICATION The Garnacha grapes were picked by hand at the end of
September. Upon arrival at the winery they were gently pressed
and underwent a short maceration (approximately 1 hour) in the
press to extract aroma and a delicate pale pink colour from the
skins. After this, the must was transferred to temperature-controlled
stainless steel tanks and was clarified by flotation. Once the
desired clarity was achieved, fermentation at cool temperatures
between 14°C and 16°C ensured that the delicate and perfumed
aromas were preserved in the wine. The wine underwent a period
of ageing on its lees after fermentation to add texture to the
palate, but did not go through malolactic conversion in order to
retain its vibrancy.
and red cherries combine with notes of white peach and pear.
Refreshing acidity on the palate leads to a crisp and elegant
Food Matches: Casseroles / Lamb / Beef