Ibizkus – an Ibiza homegrown Rose wine

April 26th, 2009 - 5:56 pm Posted in ibiza, ibizkus | Comments (0)

ibizkus, ibizaLast summer we introduced you to Totem Wines and their first offering, Ibizkus - a brilliant pink rose with a very smooth, pleasant, dry taste. This wine is made with the rare and ancient Monastrell grape originally brought to Ibiza by the Phoenicians.

ibizkus, ibizaThe young vintner behind the company, Laurent Fresard, who originates from the famous Burgundy region of France, explains his choice of Ibiza and the Monastrell grape thus, “Ibiza is fantastic for this wine, because of its humidity. The closeness of the mountains to the sea produces mists nearly every day and humidity in the air, particularly in the north of the island, which keeps the vine hydrated. And the red soil, which is so rich in minerals, strengthens the vine. These vines have evolved alongside the history of this island.”

To accompany a splendid lunch at the beautiful Sa Tanca restaurant overlooking Talamanca bay we were introduced to the two new and very distinctive organically grown red wines that the company is currently bringing to the marketplace. The first was the eponymous Totem, again produced using the rare Monstratell grape and the bodega’s unique principles of production.

The second was the Ibizkus Tinto – a stunning tinto, almost black in colour and with a fruity, yet peppery, nose combined with a powerful woody taste. Still young, but this is a classic that will improve still further over the coming years.

It’s a shame that this year’s production run only extends to 4,000 bottles, many of which will find their way abroad as the reputation of this young and talented winemaker continues in its quest to put Ibiza up there with the finest Spanish winegrowing regions. Keep your eye out for all three of these Totem wines, they’re well worth exploring…

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