2008 - Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja López de Heredia
Colour
Red
Producer
Bodegas Lopez de Heredia
Region
Rioja
Grape
Tempranillo / Garnacha / Graciano / Mazuelo
Drinking
2020 - 2030
Case size
6x75cl
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2008 VIÑA TONDONIA RESERVA RIOJA LÓPEZ DE HEREDIA - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Bodegas Lopez de Heredia
Region
Rioja
Grape
Tempranillo / Garnacha / Graciano / Mazuelo
Drinking
2020 - 2030
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £184.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, August 2020

    You need to spend time with this in the glass, it starts off shy and tight, not giving too much away, but give it five minutes to unfurl and you get smouldering dark red fruits on the nose. The palate echoes the nose, bright and fresh with dark red fruits that flow seamlessly into dark crunchy cranberries. Smoky savoury notes add to the wonderful depth of complexity on the palate. The tannins are svelte and melt into the wine and it has a refreshing balsamic finish which gives great bite. Fine, pure and elegant this is a beautiful Rioja with a charming personality that keeps on giving with more time in the glass. So much elegance and finesse make this a far cry from the broad shouldered fruit bombs, really impressive. A blend of 70% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha with the remaining 10% a mix of Graciano and Mazuelo.

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, July 2020,
    Score: 97

    Tondonia's reds have been on an upward curve recently and are now at the same level as the bodega's world-class whites. This is a fine, elegant, savoury, low-alcohol blend…combining summer berry fruit, racy acidity, granular tannins and an earthy, balsamic undertone. Good now, but this will develop further in bottle.

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Producer

Bodegas Lopez de Heredia

Region

Rioja

By the far the best known of Spain's wine regions is Rioja, which takes its name from the rio(river) Oja, a tributary of the river Ebro. Lying in the north of the country, along the Ebro valley, the area is sheltered from rain-bearing Atlantic winds by the dramatic Sierra de Cantabria to the north and west. The hilly vineyards are interspersed with orchards, poplars and eucalyptus trees. Rioja is further divided into three sub-regions - Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja. The first two are best regarded, with vines planted on cool slopes with clay and limestone soils. The permitted grape varieties for Rioja are tempranillo, which is grown extensively in Rioja Alta and Alavesa and will form the backbone of all the best wines, garnacha, widespread in Rioja Baja and used to add body to the blend, and mazuelo (carignan) and graciano, both grown in miniscule proportions. The key to understanding Rioja is the technique used to mature the wine. Unlike most other areas of Europe, American oak barrels are used which give the wines their characteristic soft vanilla, almost coconuty flavour. Historically the wines were aged for periods far longer than legally required, until all the fruit character had died down and the end result was a light, tawny-coloured wine dominated by oak flavours. Although there are still supporters of this classic style, far more producers are making wines in a more modern way, allowing the dark berry fruit flavours to burst through balanced by a more judicious use of oak ageing and often opting for French oak now.