The Tondonia vineyard is the finest site that Lopez de Heredia owns, and the resulting wines are always a highlight of their range. This blend of Viura and Malvasia is extensively aged for six years in American oak casks before bottling, imparting an even deeper flavour profile. Offset with fabulous acidity, this is still so fresh and youthful even though it's ten years old. Rich, oxidative and an overall triumph of Lopez de Heredia's unique style.
The 2011 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva reflects a warm and ripe year, and the wine is more evolved and already hints at some caramel and honey. It has a mellow palate without the vibrancy of the 2010 I tasted next to it. This wine matured in used, ancient American oak barrels for six years.
Drink: 2022 - 2028
For 145 years, López de Heredia has remained one of Rioja's most important, and sought-after producers. They own all 170 hectares of the vines they farm, some up to 100 years in age, and have been working without chemical intervention for generations. The sustainability practices being prioritised today by younger producers have been the bedrock of López de Heredia's production from day one.
Perhaps the most unique quality of these wines, which is also key to their great demand, is how long they're aged before release. For context, the legal requirement for a Gran Reserva Rioja is for it to be aged for at least two years in barrel and two years in bottle (four years total as a minimum). López de Heredia release their Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja after twenty years. Hence the 2001 vintage we are offering here, is in fact their latest Gran Reserva release and the first since 1996. It is a very special experience to enjoy these wines, which are bottled history in themselves.
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