THE VINEYARD TONDONIA - Don Rafael López de Heredia acquired Viña Tondonia from a group of clergies in 1913. The Tondonia vineyard is a beautiful vineyard of over 247 acres, 1,600 feet above sea level, situated on the right bank of the Ebro River in Rioja Alta. The soil is Alluvial clay with a high concentration of Limestone. Tondonia vineyard has a few acres of white grapes (Viura and Malvasia), from which R. López de Heredia makes their Tondonia Blanco. This small section of the vineyard is widely regarded as some of the most definitive “terroir” for white Rioja.
Region/Sub- Region: Spain, Rioja, Rioja Alta.
Grapes: 90% Viura, 10% Malvasia.
Soil: Alluvial clay and Limestone.
Harvest: End September-early October, all done by hand, cutting with a curved knife "corquete", prevents the grape breaking causing fermentation prematurely. Bunches are placed in conical wood containers made at the R. López de Heredia cooperage.
Vinification: Grapes are crushed immediately releasing their must and with as little contact with skins as possible. Spontaneous fermentation in 16,000L vats.
Aging: 6 years in 225L American oak barrels handmade by the López de Heredia coopers, racked twice per year and at least 6 years in bottle before released.
Nose: Fresh complex nose, pear, stone fruits, floral.
Taste: The results of bottle aging are to be felt on the palate, yellow pears and dried apples. Wet rocks, white flowers, earthy notes.
Gastronomy: Perfect with all kinds of fish and grilled seafood. Well-seasoned white meats.
Color: Natural gold, developed.
Talking About the Wines:
-A View From The Cellar, Oct ’19 gave 93 points to 2005 Viña Tondonia Reserva (white). “The 2005 Viña Tondonia Rioja Blanco “Reserva” from López de Heredia is really drinking well at age fourteen, with a wide open and beautifully complex personality and a lovely spine of acidity to also carry it far into the future. The complex and classic bouquet wafts from the glass in a mix of lemon, a touch of fig, salty soil tones, paraffin, white flowers, hints of the browned butter tones to come, orange peel and coconutty American oak. On the palate the wine is bright, focused and full-bodied, with excellent depth at the core, zesty acids and a long, well- balanced and very complex finish. This is gorgeous.”
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, Oct ’19 gave 96 points to 2005 Viña Tondonia Reserva Blanco. “A classic Estate in Haro, López de Heredia was founded in 1977. The current generation at the helm of the estate – Maria José, Mercedes and Julio Cesar – run it essentially in the same way their forebears did, farming and harvesting by hand, and vinifying the wines slowly, with extended aging in oak barrels produced in their onsite cooperage. No wine is released here before its ready: All the releases we tasted this year had aged for more than a decade, and all will continue to evolve for many more years, if allowed. It’s probably easiest to find them in restaurants: Last year, López de Heredia placed number one as the most popular brand in our annual Restaurant Poll; this is the winery’s seventh appearance in the Top 100.”
-The Wine Advocate, June ‘19 gave 96 points to 2007 R. López de Heredia, Viña Tondonia Reserva Blanco. “They developed the superb 2007 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva following the founder R. López de Heredia’s admiration for the wines of Graves,austere and dry whites. 2007 was a very gpod vintage in Rioja, much better than anticipated, and the wines are evolving slowly and ina positive way. This is not an exception, and the wine is vibrant, lively and tasty, with a day/umamisalty finish. Maria José López de Heredia considers 2007 a great vintage for their wines – extraordinary, with freshness and almost as good as 2010. There will be a Viña Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva. 20,000 bottels produced. It was bottles in May 2016 and should be released in October/November 2016.”