A 101-year (1919) old vineyard of 1 ha located in Elvillar (Rioja Alavesa) at 600 metres altitude with calcareous clay composition. A mixed plot of Tempranillo, Viura and Garnacha Blanca that only yields 3000 kg per hectare.
The alcoholic fermentation starts in stainless steel tanks, using only indigenous yeast, and finishes in amphoras and used French oak barrels of 600 litres. The wine ages for another 12 months in French oak
and is bottled unfiltered.
80% Viura, 9% Calagraño, 4% Garnacha Blanca, 3% Maturana Blanca and 3% Malvasía Riojana.
Iraun shows concentrated aroma’s of ripe white peach and yellow plum, sweet spices, almonds, fennel and some yellow flower notes. On the palate the wine is crunchy and silky. The ffinish is long and shows a stoney minerality and some smokey notes.
What’s in a Name
Iraun is Oxer’s tribute to his people and language (Euskera). The word “means to endure”. Despite all obstacles and challenges, the Basque people persevered and they kept the oldest language in the world alive. In the label this is depicted as a
Uroborus, a snake eating its own tail. The emblem of eternity. “In my beginning is my end,” T.S. Eliot.