The Tondonia rosé is one of Lopez de Heredia's rarest bottlings. Made in tiny quantities, it is a blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Viura aged in American oak for four years. It really is one of the world's great, gastronomic rosés - a deep, orangey pink in colour with enticing notes of blood orange, grapefruit, strawberry and candied orange skin. Still very age-worthy, but drinking beautifully now.
2011 is a warmer and riper year in Rioja than 2010, which was a superb vintage, and the 2011 Viña Tondonia Rosado Gran Reserva suffers when tasted next to the 2010. It has candied fruit and a much riper profile but with the classical old oak and mushroom aromas of Tondonia. The color is less bright than the 2010, and there are already some brick-going-to-brown tones. There is some lightness in the palate with moderate acidity and refreshing notes of watermelon and rose petals.
Drink: 2020 - 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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