DOC Rioja Ijalba Maturana Tinta


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Cocoa coated, rich black fruits in this quality, toothsome wine.

A reunion with history and not grown anywhere else in the world Maturana Tinta is a very rare old ancient variety in Rioja. Fermented for three months in French oak barrels and aged for another 10 before bottling. An intense colour with aromas of black fruit, blackcurrant, black pepper and chocolate. On the palate it is vibrant with intense dark fruit flavours and a savoury balsamic acidity.

  • ‘Potently aromatic with succulent blackcurrant and hits of cumin and clove. Creamy texture and silky finish.’ Bronze Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 (2010 vintage)


Broad spectrum of dark red fruits, Graphite and spice


Cocoa and graphite, Morello cherry and violet

Dionisio Ruiz planted his first vines back in 1975 with vineyards located on a former old open-cast mine. The revival of these once production poor soils into healthy, organic soils forms the backbone of the Viña Ijalba estate today. Viña Ijalba was the first winery in Rioja to commit to organic production. Not only that, they’ve also revived the land for growing indigenous and now rare Riojan varietals, like Maturana Blanca, Maturana Tinta and Tempranillo Blanco. They lay claim to being the first winery in Rioja to produce a wine made exclusively of 100% Graciano, which is traditionally used as a blending partner with the celebrated variety of the region, Tempranillo. Located just a five minutes drive from the capital of Rioja, Logroño they produce a far reaching range of wines from the young, fresh and fruity Joven styles to the more traditional aged wines of Crianza and Reserva. Both Crianza and Reserva wines must spend a minimum of one year in barrel, with Reserva having a minimum ageing requirement between oak and bottle of three years before release. 70% of their grapes are harvested by hand. Not only has Viña Ijalba managed to fully revive a former open-cast mine for organic winemaking, but they’re revival of almost forgotten local varietals that bring a distinctive element to their wines has also been quite impressive.


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