Viña Ijalba 2017 Maturana Tinta
It is safe to say, despite some seemingly authoritative claims to the contrary, that this rare autochthonous Rioja variety is NOT the same grape as the Trousseau of the Jura or the Bastardo of the Douro, with which pale, some would say effete, varieties this strapping, brooding beast of a wine has nothing in common. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only mono-varietal version of this grape on the market. It miraculously combines improbably dark colour and biting peppery nose with a fruit expression that is unmistakably Riojan, suggesting that the terroir of this fabled land really does in the end conquer all. This is as singular and compelling a wine as Spain offers in its vein, named after the estate’s founder (at least until the great 2016).
100% Maturana Tinta
Fermentation in vats of French oak with indigenous yeasts for 18 days
New Barrique 100%
Aging Duration (months)
Yes, 45 mg/L
Trellised 3500 vines per HA